Monthly Archives: September 2009

Methods Of Etymology

Etymology is the study of the history of words — when they entered a language, from what source, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. Etymological theory recognizes that words originate through a limited number of basic mechanisms, the most important of which are the following: Borrowing, i.e. the adoption of loanwords … Continue reading Methods Of Etymology

All about Genetics

Genetics, a discipline of biology, is the science of heredity and variation in living organisms. Knowledge of the inheritance of characteristics has been implicitly used since prehistoric times for improving crop plants and animals through selective breeding. However, the modern science of genetics, which seeks to understand the mechanisms of inheritance, only began with the … Continue reading All about Genetics

What is Mohair

Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. The word “mohair” was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic mukhayyar, a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’. Mohair fiber is approximately 25-45µ in diameter. It is one of the oldest textile fibers … Continue reading What is Mohair