Latin word corona (meaning crown) comes from Ancient Greek κορώνη (koróni - garland, wreath) which probably derives from the Proto-Indo-European root *sker- (turn, bend). The name has been applied to the COVID-19 coronavirus and other viruses in this group allegedly due to the crown-shaped protein spikes around the virus particles when viewed under the microscope.
Corona detailed word origin explanation
|*sker || Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) ||turn, bend |
|κορώνη || Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc) ||garland, wreath |
|corona || Latin (lat) ||Crown. Garland, chaplet, laurel, or wreath; presented to athletes, the gods, or the dead. |
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