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Subject: The thing about Wikipedia . . .
Author: Chrisell   (Authenticated as Chrisell)
Date: February 19, 2006 at 9:50:07 PM
Reply to: Does Lavinia mean pure? by kanine
. . . is that anyone can contribute to it. Mistakes or deliberately misleading statements are therefore only removed if someone with better knowledge notices them. This is probably the case with the Lavinia = Purity entry, which states no sources or background information.

A quick check of an online Latin-English dictionary revealed no trace of Lavinia as a word, and gave "incontaminatus, putus, incorruptus, purus, caste, caste" as words relating to pure and purity. Another Latin resource gave the following words starting with lav- :

lavabrum -i n. [a bath].
lavatio -onis f. [washing , bathing; bathing apparatus].
Lavinia -ae f. [daughter of Latinus , wife of Aeneas].
lavo lavare or lavere lavi lautum or lotum or lavatum [to wash , bathe; to moisten, wet; to wash away]. Hence partic. lautus -a -um, [washed]; hence [fine, elegant, sumptuous, refined]; adv. laute.

I'd say it's safe to assume that BtN is correct on this one.


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