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borne - Word of the Day - Fri Feb 3, 2023




borne - (adj) - transported or transmitted by --used in combination

west nile virus blood GIF by PBS Digital Studios


A mosquito-borne disease common on the East Coast of the USA is eastern equine encephalitis.


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There are two different possibilities for the origin of this word.  It may come from the Sanskrit word bharati and eventually found its way into German and then into Middle English in the word beran (to bear). 

The other possibility is that it originated from Medieval Latin bodina or butina and then into the French word borne and then into English.

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