Also interesting is the fact that the baby born on the Mayflower, was
named Peregrine White, since she was born on the journey to America.
State Education Director
On Wed, 29 May 2002 09:39:18 -0400 Sherry Mahady <[log in to unmask]>
>HI, Folks --
>Thought you might be interested in this piece of bird trivia.
>The Word of the Day for May 29 is:
>peregrine \PEH-ruh-grun or PEH-ruh-green\ (adjective)
>having a tendency to wander
> "We've rented a charming house, owned by a peregrine widower
>who prefers to migrate between the homes of his six children," wrote
>Carrie in her letter.
>Did you know?
> The current meaning of "peregrine" has wandered a bit from
>earlier meanings. It originally meant "foreign," as did its Latin
>predecessor "peregrinus." But even before "peregrine" appeared on its
>own in English, it was part of the name of that well-known bird of
>prey, the peregrine falcon. The bird's appellation derives from "Falco
>peregrinus," the Medieval Latin designation given it by the scientist
>Albertus Magnus in the 13th century. "Falco peregrinus" came to be
>thought of as meaning "pilgrim falcon" (rather than "foreign falcon"),
>perhaps because medieval falconers captured peregrines during their
>first flight -- or pilgrimage -- from the nest. That in turn led to a
>new sense of "peregrine" ("engaged in or traveling on a pilgrimage"),
>which was later broadened to "wandering."
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