Badger refers to any of several carnivorous mammals which belongs to the Mustelidae family. It comes from Middle English bageard made up from bage (referring to a token or distinctive mark, sign, or emblem) of uncertain etymology though either from Anglo-Norman bage or Latin bagia (sign, emblem), perhaps named for the white mark on its forehead, combined with the suffix -ard….

Nyssa, Nissa

Nyssa is the name of an ancient town in Cappadocia in Asia Minor, somewhere in what is now modern day Turkey. The name may have been based on Nysa, the name of a mountaineous region where the Greek god Dionysius was raised, though the area itself may have been invented to explain the second element of Dionysius’s name. Though the…