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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2015 10:52 a.m. PST

Before the invention of the self-propelled torpedo the word "torpedo" was used for what we now call mines. Was that true in Spanish as well? In other words, what was the Spanish word for mine before it was "mina"?

TNE230009 Aug 2015 12:23 p.m. PST

I am guessing

Torpedo or Torpere


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The word "torpedo" was first used to describe stationary mines and comes from the torpedo, a genus of electric ray that stuns its prey.

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Torpedo was the Roman name for electric rays, derived from Latin torpere meaning "to be numb"

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