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  •  Still reading, but I've revised my opinion (4+ / 0-)

    about pter, as I may have spoken too soon last time. While I have no support for it having meant "flight," there is plenty of support for it meaning both wing and feather, which is how the study of feather-shaped ferns came to be named with the same pter syllable. It's hard to find informants on dead languages, so best to stick with what we have in real data. Sorry.

    Here, for another productive use of this syllable, are images of pteridium aquilinum, or bracken ferns, which are indeed feather-shaped: LINK

    Just my Rick Perry for the day: Ooops.

    W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

    by martyc35 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:44:15 PM PST

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