Etymology questions This is a list of recently added questions about etymology. Play etymology quiz and see all the questions. What does the French word "coupé", used for two-door automobiles, literally mean?Cut. French coupé is a noun use of past participle of couper "to cut". Since the early 19 century it was used for carrosse coupé "cut-off carriage", a shorter version of the berlin (old type of four-wheeled covered carriage), minus the back seat. The name was first applied to closed two-door automobiles in 1908.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 48% agileagile1539shortshort1785longlong327cutcut3399French language riddles » 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.orghard 52% EnglishmenEnglishmen8340DutchmenDutchmen13389FrenchmenFrenchmen1569SpaniardsSpaniards2408geographic discoveries riddles » 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.orghard 53% happy pighappy pig1595big beaverbig beaver729wet cowwet cow3610river horseriver horse6855mammals riddles » 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.orgvery easy 80% land between riversland between rivers8042middle earthmiddle earth509ancient landancient land527land of the richesland of the riches968Iraq riddles » 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.orgaverage 61% early Christian Martyrearly Christian Martyr4499king of Franceking of France14494translator of the Bibletranslator of the Bible1256founder of the Knights Templarfounder of the Knights Templar3385saints riddles » 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 Foxhard 56% faithfaith1405prophecyprophecy1597truthtruth1510submissionsubmission5890Islam riddles » 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-terminatorhard 50% UniversitionUniversition1133GymnasionGymnasion4386LyceumLyceum6538ParnassusParnassus989Athens riddles » 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.orghard 51% The HolinessThe Holiness474The BooksThe Books6969The WordThe Word4426The TruthThe Truth1716words riddles » 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.orgvery easy 80% "pure""pure"894"wise""wise"985"brave""brave"589"servant of God""servant of God"10022surnames riddles » 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.orghard 44% in Germanyin Germany4567in Francein France650in the United Statesin the United States1734in Italyin Italy5602cars riddles » Play etymology quiz and see all the questions.