meander


meander
[16] The word meander comes from the name of an actual river, the Maeander (now known as the Büyük Menderes), which flows through Turkey into the Aegean sea. It was famous in ancient times for its winding course, and so Greek maíandros came to be used as a generic term for ‘winding course’. The word 329 melody passed into English via Latin maeander, and was turned into a verb in the 17th century.
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   If you meander, you wander in different directions, like the winding course of the River Maeander (now the Menderes in southwestern Turkey). Hence the source of the word.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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