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Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?
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Author:  alice [ Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:14 am ]
Post subject:  Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?

Anyone???

Author:  Vijay [ Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?

Yup.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/W%C3%BCrfel#German
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kugel#German
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/teningur#Icelandic
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/k%C3%BAla#Icelandic
https://www.interglot.com/dictionary/nl ... %20zesvlak
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bol#Dutch

Pretty sure there are more.

Author:  alice [ Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?

That's enough to start with; thanks.

Author:  Vijay [ Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?

Np :)

Author:  vec [ Wed May 09, 2018 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does Germanic have native terms for "cube" and "sphere"?

Icelandic has teningur which means die in the toy sense, or cube in the mathematical/scientific sense.

It has three words for sphere-like things: kúla which can refer to any kind of ball that's usually hard, like a bowling ball or a billiards ball, or a sphere in the mathmatical sense, hnöttur/knöttur which can also be used mathematically and sometimes for referring to sports related balls in a semi-formal sense. The h-version is also used to refer to planets, especially in fiction and literature (less in science). Lastly we have bolti, clearly cognate with 'ball' which is the most normal/least marked word to refer to toy or sport-related ball, but is not used in a mathematical/scientific context at all.

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