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 49% EnglishmenEnglishmen6018DutchmenDutchmen8612FrenchmenFrenchmen1147SpaniardsSpaniards1576 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 pig1225big beaverbig beaver556wet cowwet cow2648river horseriver horse5015 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.orggeographic names riddles »easy 79% land between riversland between rivers5976middle earthmiddle earth390ancient landancient land403land of the richesland of the riches719 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 60% early Christian Martyrearly Christian Martyr3222king of Franceking of France10260translator of the Bibletranslator of the Bible922founder of the Knights Templarfounder of the Knights Templar2531 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% faithfaith776prophecyprophecy1259truthtruth1175submissionsubmission4375 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% UniversitionUniversition823GymnasionGymnasion3450LyceumLyceum5054ParnassusParnassus737 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 51% The HolinessThe Holiness333The BooksThe Books4884The WordThe Word3070The TruthThe Truth1169 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.orgMiddle East riddles »easy 79% "pure""pure"611"wise""wise"703"brave""brave"412"servant of God""servant of God"6759 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.orgItaly riddles »hard 45% in Germanyin Germany3451in Francein France494in the United Statesin the United States1250in Italyin Italy4300 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% TurkeyTurkey2206MoroccoMorocco3602TunisiaTunisia860EgyptEgypt482 Play etymology quiz and see all the questions.