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Additional information sourced from the Online Etymology Dictionary (http://www.etymonline.com).
Greek art form in which the protagonist suffers a calamitous downfall
< Greek τραγῳδία (tragōidía), native name for the artform, literally meaning 'goat song'; the precise connection with goats is unclear
The medieval system of knighthood, embodying the values of courtly love, valour, etc.
< Old French chevalerie, 'horsemanship', from chevaler, '(mounted) knight', ultimately from Latin caballus, 'horse'
Medicinal preparation used to confer immunity to a particular disease
< Latin variolae vaccīnae, 'cowpox' (used by Edward Jenner, father of vaccination and discoverer of the small pox vaccine), from vacca, 'cow'
Bulbous wind instrument with a flute-like quality (popularized by a certain Legend of Zelda game)
< Italian ocarina, 'little goose', with reference to its shape
Ancestry or lineage, especially of animals
< Old French pied de gru, 'crane's foot', alluding to the shape of family trees, etc.
Yellow-flowered plant in the daisy family whose flower heads form so-called 'clocks'
< Old French dent de lion, 'lion's tooth', literal description of the toothed leaves
Belonging to or situated around the North Pole; extremely cold
< Greek αρκτικός (arktikos), 'northern, of the Bear constellation', from άρκτος (arktos), 'bear'
Greek town famous for its oracle at the Temple of Apollo
< Greek δελφίς (delphís), 'dolphin', from the form of a dolphin that Apollo assumed at the shrine
Ceramic material made from kaolin (china clay), sometimes used for china in general
< Italian porcellana, 'cowrie shell', from Latin porcella 'young sow', apparently because the shell resembled part of a pig (usually said to be the vulva)
Type of pasta similar to spaghetti, presented in long, very thin strands
< Italian vermicelli, literally 'little worms'
Bodily tissue contracted to produce movement
< Latin musculus, 'small mouse', apparently because a flexing muscle was in ancient times fancied to resemble the movements of a mouse
Gambling game in which two dice are rolled, popular in casinos
Probably < French craps, from English crabs, slang use of the animal with meaning 'two aces', the lowest throw in hazard, an older, similar game
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