Ganado

I was surprised to learn the word for cattle in Spanish is ‘ganado’.  The other meanings of this word are ‘won’ or ‘earned’.   According to a Spanish website about etymology, the word ‘ganado’ to mean cattle is an extremely old word – a holdover from feudalism in Europe.  ‘Ganado’ used to mean any sort of riches that were not inherited.  Cattle were one of these types of riches.  Another Spanish word for cattle is ‘vacuno’ which shares the Latin root ‘vacca’ with our word ‘vaccine’.  Vaccines were originally a shot of cowpox that would safe guard against smallpox.    

 

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