Tuesday, 29 April 2008

banyan and venus

Proto-Indo-European *wen- "desire, strive for" became Sanskrit वाणिज vāṇija, also बाणिज bāṇija "merchant, trader", then Gujarati વાણિયો vāṇiyo "member of Bania caste; Bania; merchant; shopkeeper". This was borrowed into Portuguese as banian "Hindu merchant". This was applied to the "tree of the species in Iran under which such traders conducted business".

In Latin, *wen-es- became venus "loveliness, attractiveness, beauty, grace, elegance, charm", and was applied to the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

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