May 16, 2013
funnel (noun)
\FUN-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a utensil usually shaped like a hollow cone with a tube extending from the point and used to catch and direct a downward flow (as of liquid)2 : something shaped like a funnel3 : a large pipe for the escape of smoke or for ventilation (as on a ship)
How do you use it?
We use a funnel when we refill the empty hand soap containers in the bathroom and kitchen.
Are you a word wiz?

We trace "funnel" to the Latin root "fundere." What do you think "fundere" means?

When you are pouring a liquid from one container to another, a funnel is a useful tool. And pouring is at the root of "funnel" in the form of the Latin word "fundere," meaning "to pour." "Funnel" entered Middle English from Anglo-French, the French language used in medieval England. Anglo-French had borrowed it from a language called Old Occitan, which was used in medieval times in southern France. From there, we trace "funnel" to its Latin origins.
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