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Sunday 30 September 2018

Sunday Rest: orogeny. Word Not To Use Today.

Orogeny looks as if it's going to be something to do with giving birth (as in progeny) - and it is.

Now, words starting oro- are quite often to do with mouths, as in orotund (speech made with a poshly rounded mouth) or oronasal (to do with the mouth-nose area). 

So does orogeny describe some creature which gives birth through its mouth?*

Er, no. Orogeny, confusingly, is from oros, which is Greek for mountain. So, yes, orogeny is to do with the birth of mountains.

You've never even missed having a word for that, have you?

Sunday Rest: orogeny. I suppose geologists might have a use for the word orogeny. But only, obviously, among themselves.

The mouth words come from the Latin for mouth, which is ōs.

*I can't actually find an example of such a creature. Some fish keep their eggs and even their young in their mouths for safety, and there is a species of Australian frog which hatches its tadpoles in its mouth - but in both cases the mouth, strictly speaking, acts merely as a nursery.

Rheobatrachus silus.jpg
The platypus frog

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