Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Of Frogs and Fire Thorns

Okay, so why Pyrakanthe, inquiring minds want to know. Well, to break the word down, it is the original Greek word for a certain species of plant: "pyra" (fire) and "kantha" (thorn). The pyracantha plant is a known as the firethorn for its thorny shrubbery and the bright red berries that grow on it. I discovered the name because of an abiding love for both the Greek language and strage names. All credit goes to, an unfortunately now-defunct list of rare and unusual names whose content has since disappeared into the vortex of lost websites.

So now you know the deep, dark secret of how Pyrakanthe came to be. Be glad I didn't go with something like Sammako instead; if I remember correctly, I'm pretty sure it means "frog"!

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