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Subject: Wow! Impressing!! (more)
Author: Satu   (guest, 213.209.88.252)
Date: August 26, 2003 at 2:11:16 PM
Reply to: More than you ever wanted to know about Rapunzel by Miranda
Hi
I'm sure there's nothing more about that fairy tale anyone CAN know!! Very interesting!

Here's something more about the origin and meaning of Rapunzel:

In my dictionary I found the English translation "lamb's-lettuce", but in some southern German dialects it is used for almost any kind of sallad ;).

The word was first used in Germany the 16th century, and it derives from Middle Latin "rapuncium" from Latin "radice puntium": 'radix' meaning "root" + 'phu' (acc. 'phun') meaning "kind of valerian".

Some dialectal variants of that word are:

Rapunze
Rapünzchen
Rapünzlein

The German pronunciation is rah-POON-tsel (short oo like in 'book').

Regards, Satu

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