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cfu507

Senior Member
Hebrew
Hi
I belive that triangle is called like that because tri means three (tri-angle=three angles).
How about rectangle? Is there a meaning for rect (rect-angle)?
Thanks
 
  • cycloneviv

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    English - Australia
    The Entymology forum is good for this kind of question. :) Alternately, a good dictionary ought to tell you how a word is formed.

    Here's the information for "rectangle" from Merriam-Webster on-line:

    Etymology:Medieval Latin rectangulus having a right angle, from Latin rectus right + angulus angle
     
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