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September 29, 2009

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kato

In fact in Arabic, "to live" عيش and "bread" عيش have the same root.

Justin E. H. Smith

Those look like exactly the same word to me, but that's probably because I don't know which vowels to insert. Thanks for sharing.

kato

Aha, I should have transliterated. "to live" is "'a-ya-sha" while "bread" is "'aysh".

The Necromancer

Words like grain and kernel come to mind. The stomach-life connection is essential in the history of med., Paracelsus, Von Helmont, the archaeus, as you mention.

This is the kind of etymology than makes vitalism clearer. If that's possible. ;)

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