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Postby tcward » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:11 pm

From EtymOnline.com:

meager

c.1300, "lean, thin, emaciated" (of persons or animals), from O.Fr. megre, maigre, from L. macrum (nom. macer) "lean, thin," from PIE *makro- (see macro-). Of material things (land, food, etc.) from 1501.


I just thought it was interesting how this word was directly related to emaciated, but it seems that the two words diverged in their applications (things vs. people).

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:44 pm

Magro in Portuguese, Italian and less often in Spanish, French maigre and Catalan magre refer to somebody thin. Romanian macru seems to be used only for meat, though.

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