Gen

Gen is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: gen 源 "source, origin"; gen 彦 "lad, boy"; gen 玄 "mysterious, occultness; deep, profound; black"; gen 元 "cause, origin; beginning; former time"; gen 幻 "fantasy, phantom; vision; illusion; apparition" There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it's げん. Gen is also …

China

China is the name of a country in East China as well as the name of a fine porcelain. The origin behind the name isn't clear-cut. It may have originated from Persian čin چین (China) via Sanskrit Cīna (China) which may have originated from the name of the Qi 秦 (pr. chin) dynasty, the first imperial dynasty of China lasting from …

Ghazal

Ghazal is the name of a poetic form often used in romantic poetry of the Middle East and South Asia; the verses deal with loss and romantic love consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, and typically consists of no less than five and no more than fifteen couplets. The origin of the word derives …

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the name of a type of borosilicate mineral which can be found in a variety of colors, as well as colorless. It's used as a crystal and gemstone. The origin of the word comes from French tourmaline via Sinhalese tòramalli (Sinhalese being an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka) of unknown meaning. I've seen …

Cornelian

Cornelian is an alternate spelling of Carnelian, the name of a reddish-brown type of chalcedony used in jewelry. Cornelian comes from either Latin cornus meaning "cornel, dogwood" which may be related to Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry), derived from an uncertain origin, either Anatolian or pre-Greek; or from Latin cornu meaning "horn". The Carnelian spelling seems to have been influenced from Latin carneus …

Aleph

Aleph is the first letter of the Semitic abjad (which includes Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic) which comes from Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. It may have been derived from Proto-Sinaitic based on an Egyptian hieroglyphic. Aleph has an important symbolism in Hebrew, expressing a oneness and unity …

Muse

Muse is a word that refers to a source of inspiration, someone or something that inspires an artist, writer, thinker or any creative endeavor. It comes from the Muses, nine goddesses in Greek mythology who inspired the arts, literature, science, and music, the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the Titaness of memory): Calliope(the goddess of epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato …

Colt

Colt is an English word referring to a young male horse under four years, though it can also be used to refer to a young, inexperienced person. In Biblical translations, colt is used to refer to a young camel or donkey. The word comes from Old English colt (young donkey, young camel) via Proto-Germanic *kultaz derived from …

Naveen

Naveen is an Indian male name, a variant transcription of Navin meaning "new" which comes from Sanskrit navīna (new) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Naveen is also an Indian surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Navin (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam)   Female forms: Navina (Indian, Hindi) Naveena (Indian, …

Luck

Luck is an English word referring to something that happens by chance, usually something good or advantageous. It seems to have been borrowed from Middle Dutch luc, a shortened form of gheluc "good fortune", deriving from an unknown origin. Luck is also a German and English surname which comes from the given name Luke, the English form of Greek Loukas meaning …

Sample

Sample comes from an English surname, originating as an Anglo-Norman locational name for someone who came from an of various places in Normandy called St. Paul, named for the churches dedicated to Saint Paul, which means "small, humble". Sample is also an English word referring to a small part or quantity used to determine the entire quality of a …

Pleasant

Pleasant comes from an English word meaning "pleasant, delightful, agreeable". It comes from Old French plaisant (pleasant, nice) via plaisir (to please) from Latin placēre (to be acceptable, liked) deriving from a PIE root word. Pleasant is also an English surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Pleasance (Medieval English, Old French)