Etymology questions This is a list of recently added questions about etymology. Play etymology quiz and see all the questions. What literally, from the Greek language, means the word geodesy?Division of the earth. The term "geodesic" comes from geodesy, the science of measuring the size and shape of Earth; in the original sense, a geodesic was the shortest route between two points on the Earth's surface, namely, a segment of a great circle. The term has been generalized to include measurements in much more general mathematical spaces; for example, in graph theory, one might consider a geodesic between two vertices/nodes of a graph. Created by: Tschuka very hard 35% drawing a map of the earthdrawing a map of the earth69describing the earthdescribing the earth86measurement of the earth's surfacemeasurement of the earth's surface103division of the earthdivision of the earth143names riddles » Where does the name of the Russian currency come from - the ruble?From breaking. The word "ruble" comes from the verb meaning "break" and refers to the Middle Ages, when pieces of silver were broken into smaller ones when changing money. The ruble was the world's first decimal currency: it was decimalised in 1704 when the ruble became legally equal to 100 kopeks.Created by: Tschuka very hard 22% from breakingfrom breaking331from the red colorfrom the red color383from a two-headed eaglefrom a two-headed eagle443from notches on the edgefrom notches on the edge295coins riddles » Where was the name "Molotov cocktail" coined?Finland. The name "Molotov cocktail" was coined by the Finns during the Winter War. The name was an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov.Created by: Ninjaivery hard 39% FinlandFinland7228Soviet UnionSoviet Union9060GermanyGermany1112USAUSA764military riddles » After whom was the Canadian province of Alberta named?Princess Luisa Carolina Alberta Windsor. The princess was the wife of the Marquis John Campbell, the governor of Canada.They lived in 1878-1883 in Louiseville, in a province named in her honor.Created by: Tschuka very hard 21% Albert CamusAlbert Camus238Prince Albert, husband of Queen VictoriaPrince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria1493Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein223Princess Luisa Carolina Alberta WindsorPrincess Luisa Carolina Alberta Windsor522geography of Canada riddles » What is the origin of the name of the Tyrrhenian Sea?Name of Etruscans. The Tyrrhenian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy. It is named for the Tyrrhenian people, identified since the 6th century BCE with the Etruscans of Italy. 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The name refers either to the constellation Ursa Major, the "Great Bear", which is prominent in the northern portion of the celestial sphere, or to the constellation Ursa Minor, the "Little Bear", which contains Polaris, the Pole star, also known as the North StarCreated by: Ninjaivery hard 27% stacked icestacked ice76auroraaurora92bearbear90white nightswhite nights73Arctic riddles » The origin of the word "bikini" comes from ...The Bikini Atoll at the Pacific Ocean. The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Réard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the nuclear bomb was taking place.Created by: Ninjaihard 47% the name of the original designer Louis Bikinithe name of the original designer Louis Bikini90the Hawaiian word baikhiniithe Hawaiian word baikhinii74the city it was for the first time presented inthe city it was for the first time presented in26the Bikini Atoll at the Pacific Oceanthe Bikini Atoll at the Pacific Ocean170beaches riddles » What is the literal meaning of the word mammoth in Siberian languages?Underground monster. The word mammoth comes from the mythology of the Siberian peoples who believed they lived underground - as dead ones were found in the ground from time to time.Created by: Linshivery hard 15% hairy elephant hairy elephant 666underground monsterunderground monster232horned gianthorned giant325big boarbig boar265prehistory riddles » What is ten to the power of one hundred called?Googol. 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