Etymology questions This is a list of recently added questions about etymology. Play etymology quiz and see all the questions. Who discovered New Zealand?Dutchmen. New Zealand was discovered by Dutch capitan Abel Tasman. It is named after the Dutch province of Zealand (near the Belgian border today).Created by: globalquiz.orggeographic discoveries riddles »hard 50% EnglishmenEnglishmen6450DutchmenDutchmen9436FrenchmenFrenchmen1228SpaniardsSpaniards1703 What does the word "hippopotamus" literally mean?River horse. Greek hippopotamus comes from hippos "horse" (as in hippodrome) + potamos "river, rushing water" (as in Mesopotamia)Created by: globalquiz.orgmammals riddles »hard 53% happy pighappy pig1294big beaverbig beaver585wet cowwet cow2816river horseriver horse5396 What does 'Mesopotamia' literally mean?Land between rivers. Since the earliest times, Mesopotamia was known as 'land between rivers' or 'land of rivers' in most of languages. "Mesopotamia" consists of two greek compounds: "Meso" (middle, between, as in Mesoamerica) and "Potamos" (river, as in hippopotamus).Created by: globalquiz.orgIraq riddles »easy 79% land between riversland between rivers6414middle earthmiddle earth416ancient landancient land432land of the richesland of the riches768 Who is the city of St. Louis named after?King of France. Louis IX (1214 – 1270) is the only canonised king of France, mostly due to his support and participation in the crusades. There are many places named after him, including the city of St. Louis, Missouri, and both the state and city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico. Created by: globalquiz.orgsaints riddles »average 61% early Christian Martyrearly Christian Martyr3449king of Franceking of France11204translator of the Bibletranslator of the Bible972founder of the Knights Templarfounder of the Knights Templar2699 What does the word "Islam" literally mean?Submission. Islam is the only major religion, along with Buddhism (if we consider the name of the religion to come from budh "to awake, know, perceive", and not the Buddha), whose name is not related to a person or ethnic group, but to the central idea of the religion.Created by: Debbie FoxIslam riddles »hard 57% faithfaith875prophecyprophecy1316truthtruth1226submissionsubmission4658 Plato founded school named Academy. What was the name of the school founded by Aristotle?Lyceum. The Lyceum was a gymnasium and public meeting place in Classical Athens named after the Apollo Lyceus, "wolf-god" of the grove that housed the Lyceum. Created by: ex-terminatorAthens riddles »hard 50% UniversitionUniversition880GymnasionGymnasion3644LyceumLyceum5391ParnassusParnassus798 What does the word "Bible" literally mean?The Books. English word Bible comes from Latin biblia sacra "holy books". The plural "biblia" was often improperly interpreted as singular feminine, hence the old Anglo-Latin singular "biblia". The root "biblia" is shared with words such as bibliographer or bibliophilia, unrelated to the Bible.Created by: globalquiz.orgBible riddles »hard 52% The HolinessThe Holiness354The BooksThe Books5344The WordThe Word3279The TruthThe Truth1266 What does the common Arabic name (or surname) 'Abdullah' literally mean?"servant of God". Abdullah or Abdallah is built from the Arabic words Abd (servant) and Allah. Since both Torah and Christian Bible use word 'Allah' for God in their Arabic translations, the name Abdullah is also common among Jews and Christians living in the Arab countries.Created by: globalquiz.orgsurnames riddles »easy 79% "pure""pure"652"wise""wise"751"brave""brave"439"servant of God""servant of God"7291 Where was the world's first motorway built?In Italy. Italy was the first country in the world to start building motorways. Over 4,000 kilometers of multi-lane motorways were constructed in 1920s. The motorways were touted by Benito Mussolini in 1930, as one of the great achievements of his regime.Created by: globalquiz.orgcars riddles »hard 45% in Germanyin Germany3661in Francein France529in the United Statesin the United States1333in Italyin Italy4625 Where is fez from?Morocco. The name of fez comes from the city of Fes, Morocco, where it became fashionable among Andalusian Arabs in the 17th century. The fez got widely popular in the Ottoman Empire after 1829, when Sultan Mahmud II ordered his civil officials to wear the plain fez, and also banned the wearing of turbans.Created by: Steve Lambertytraditional clothing riddles »hard 50% TurkeyTurkey2325MoroccoMorocco3879TunisiaTunisia910EgyptEgypt510 Play etymology quiz and see all the questions.