Lepidoptera, Hesperioidea and other taxonomic/linguistic debates

Subject: Lepidoptera, Hesperioidea and other taxonomic/linguistic debates
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 23:36:47 +0000
Alan Gillanders wrote

"The English "moth" probably derives from the German  "Motte"."

It could have been directly borrowed, but much more likely it simply shares a common ancestor with the German word, especially as Dutch has a cognate word. The OED seems to have this view, though it thinks the common Germanic word they both derive from is difficult to reconstruct.

In the same way you wouldn't say 'Yellow-rumped Thornbills derive from Buff-rumped Thornbill". They probably share a common ancestor.

John Leonard (Dr)
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