"cartof"

Translation:potato

December 15, 2016

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/btopps

Interesting that this seems to be closer to Germanic languages than what you see in Italian/Spanish. Any particular reason for that?

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/nickbii

Apparently it's German-derived: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cartof

Since potatoes are a South American crop, I suspect that they were first brought to Romania by ethnic Germans trading down the Danube.

December 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreiChich

It seems to come from German "Kartoffel" and this from older Tartuffel or Tartüffel (18th c.), from Italian tartufolo, diminutive of tartufo (“truffle”), from Medieval Latin *territūberum or Latin terrae tūber (“tuber of the earth”).

June 21, 2018
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