Mesopotamia and the Hippopotamus

mesopotamiaaMesopotamia is considered one of the first cities in word and its legacy is still important to your civilization. For those who wants to know, it was located between the rivers Tiger and Euphrates, where today you can find Iraq on the map.

What has just occurred to me is the name means exactly this: between two rivers. How so? My father always told me when I was a child that hippopotamus means a “horse that lives in the water”. See the following:

Meso = middle (in Italian, mezzo, in Spanish medio and in Portuguese meio)
Potamo = river

Hippo: Horse
Potamo = river

Sources:
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=mesopotamia
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=hippopotamus

 

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