No, Philos is "friendship, brotherly love", "phyllum" has an upsilon, not an iota in it. "Tea-loving" would then be "theaphilic," and a tea lover a theaphile. Phylé -- I just went to look it up -- means "tribe, group" (gender is neuter, so the nominative article is hé). I'm assuming Linnaeus first coined the word, but I don't really know. I suspect the Latin filium would be derived from phylé, as would our English word "file" (as in a line of troops). Again, am speculating.
Ronn Blankenship wrote: > At 09:03 PM 11/16/02, Marc A. Schindler wrote: > >Interesting -- I didn't know that. A case of "faux amis" (false cognates). So > >what's "phylline" from? The only thing I can think of, going from my limited > >knowledge of Greek, is "type" in the sense of something that's in a class of > >things that have something in common. (Same as the word "phylum") So I would, > >offhand, speculate that "theophylline" means "substances derived from tea." Is > >that correct? > > Maybe. The only etymology I have seen (in chemistry books) was for the > "tea" > "theo-" part. > > Speculation based on _my_ very limited knowledge of Greek: Is there any > relation between "philia" (= "friend") and "phylum" (= maybe a "group of > friends")? > > --Ronn! :) > > I always knew that I would see the first man on the Moon. > I never dreamed that I would see the last. > --Dr. Jerry Pournelle > > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================