A highly interesting blog post about the history of 2 words originating from Ancient Egypt that were passed down and transferred to modern languages such as Spanish and English.
Above are but two of a series of words that originated in the Nile Valley. The reasons for these survivals is perhaps not such a surprise, as discussed below.
‘Ebony’ as named and used in ancient Egypt, was the species Dalbergia melanoxylon (African Blackwood, Grenadilla, or Mpingo). This is a slow-growing leguminous hardwood, originally found in southern Ethiopia and areas south and west, but now endangered and no longer found in many regions.
Ebony was – and continues to be – an elite wood, used in the past by pharaoh and perhaps also by the very wealthy. In fact, one of the earliest discovered artifacts made of this wood is a piece on which is inscribed, in pictures, key events of the life of Den, the third pharaoh of ancient Egypt, approximately mid-thirty-first century BC.
Evidence of ebony at this early period attests to what must have been an…
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