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Every once in a while when translating, a word catches my fancy. This one is evocative in its imagery and versatility.

The ancient Greek word ἀνατέλλω means something coming up and out of something else. It is very versatile, able to be used with many nouns. The imagery drives its meaning. Here are some examples:

  • The sun and moon rise (from the horizon).
  • Water gushes forth.
  • Flame leaps up.
  • Events bring forth or give birth to.
  • Hair grows.
  • Plants spring up.
  • Mountains rise, or appear on the horizon.

All from one little verb, ἀνατέλλω.