dop·pel·gäng·er, e·pi·cen·ter, Chlor·o·phant

Posted in Feature on January 25, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast


Vesuvan Doppelganger

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Variant(s): or dop·pel·gang·er
Function: noun
Etymology: German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
Date: 1851
1 : a ghostly counterpart of a living person
2 a : double; b : alter ego; c : a person who has the same name as another



From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin epicentrum, from epi- + Latin centrum center
Date: 1887
1 : the part of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake
2 : center the epicenter of world finance
epi·cen·tral adjective



From Rei Nakazawa, Magic creative text writer:
Function: noun
Etymology: It's pretty easy to see where this name came from if you divide it in half: first, there's chloro-, as in "chlorophyll," so this is a being made out of plant matter. Then there's -phant, as in "elephant," signaling that this creature can get pretty big, which it can.

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