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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
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
Type of pasta similar to spaghetti, presented in long, very thin strands
< Italian vermicelli, literally 'little worms'
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'
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)
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
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
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'
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'
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