April 07, 2013
potable (adjective)
\POH-tuh-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: suitable for drinking
How do you use it?
"Before you buy the house," advised the lawyer, "have the water in the well tested to make sure it is potable."
Are you a word wiz?

"Potable" comes from the Latin word "potare," meaning "to drink." Which of the following words do you think is also from "potare"?

Cheers if you chose answer A! Like "potable," "potion" is a descendant of the Latin verb "potare," meaning "to drink." Unlike potable liquids, not all potions are safe to drink; "potion" is defined as "a mixture of liquids, as medicine or poison." "Potare" is akin to the Latin verb "bibere," which also means "to drink." "Bibere" is the root word of our word "beverage," meaning a liquid for drinking, such as milk or juice. Another word that comes from "bibere" is "imbibe," which usually means "to swallow liquid."
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