Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Magenta and Saffron - Gray's Bay in the morning.

Magenta marina

Magenta: "1860, in allusion to the Battle of Magenta, in Italy, where the French and Sardinians defeated the Austrians in 1859, because the brilliant crimson aniline dye was discovered shortly after the battle, which advanced the cause of Italian independence and fired the imagination of European liberals."

Word History
Date of Origin 13th c.
Saffron brought its name with it along the spice route from the Middle East. It comes from Arabic za‘farān, a word of unknown origin, and reached English via medieval Latin safranum and Old French safran. The town of Saffron Walden in Essex is so named from its once thriving saffron-growing industry.

On-line Etymology


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