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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:54 pm

what language did the word map come from?
was it hebrew or latin?
Submitted by Lili Marlene (St Petersburg - Russia)
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:07 pm

1527, shortening of M.E. mapemounde "map of the world" (c.1380), from M.L. mappa mundi "map of the world," first element from L. mappa "napkin, cloth" (on which maps were drawn), said by Quintilian to be of Punic origin (cf. Talmudic Heb. mappa, contraction of menafa "a fluttering banner") + L. mundi "of the world," from mundus "universe, world" (see mundane). The verb map is first attested 1586; to put (something) on the map "bring it to wide attention" is from 1913.
Hope this helps you Lili.
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