Fagus sylvatica-grandma of e-book

In case you were wondering where the word “book” comes from…

My Botanical Garden

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Each year the same-going to the forest I look after the very first beech leaves.For first beech leaves mean in a day or two all beeches will get their spring light green leaves and that means spring is reaching summer soon!Imagine summer holidays,deep shadow and a good book or e-book to read! Interesting enough the etymological origin of word BOOK lies in BEECH!

One explanation is runes were inscribed on beechwood tables, as in some slavic languages BUKVA (beech) is cognate with “letter”.In Slovene language, the word BUKVA (beech)is cognate with “book”(bukva).So in Slovene language we use the same word for tree and book(archaic).The explanation is very simple-in many monasteries across the land books were written and transcribed very early .Those old books had covers made of wood, beech , so in our language book remained BUKVA (beech) and the same root “*bōk-” stays in english BOOK and e-BOOK!

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