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Word Quiz: Etymology Of Vehicles

Ten questions about the origin of words. Every answer is a vehicle or mode of transport.

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  1. Vehicle much detested by three male TV presenters, derived from the Persian for 'group of desert travellers'.

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    The Persian word was 'karwan'. 'Van' is an abbreviation of 'caravan'

  2. Steel-covered vehicle whose name derives from a Hindi word meaning 'cistern' and was originally used to disguise the vehicle's real purpose.

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    Cistern was considered as a code name but was rejected for being too long.

  3. The name means 'to convey', but is often understood to mean 'to convey over water'. Its name is related to a word that originally meant 'to journey' but now means 'the price paid for a journey'.

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    The related word is 'fare'.

  4. The name of this mode of transport means 'pulled out' or 'drawn out'.

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    From Vulgar Latin: traginare

  5. This land vehicle's name derives from the place it was first manufactured -- the Hungarian town of Kocs.

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    (Stage) coaches were first made in Kocs in the 15th century

  6. This vehicle's full name means 'for all'. It's commonly known by an abbreviation which roughly translates as 'for'.

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    The official name is the Latin word 'omnibus'

  7. This vehicle has a modern name, but it was once also known by a name meaning 'swift foot'. The French still use an abbreviation of the alternate name.

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    Velocipede or bicycle.

  8. This slow vehicle's name means 'boat', derived from the Coptic for 'small boat'.

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    Once carried the meaning 'magnificently adorned, elegant boat of state'

  9. Similar to and from the same root as an English word meaning 'happy', the name of this vehicle promises a smooth ride.

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    Numerous words in old German that began with 'gl' signified smoothness, shining, or joy.

  10. This rarely-used vehicle's name is derived from the Italian word for a bobbin because of its similar shape.

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    The Italian word is rocca. The original root word probably means fabric or yarn.

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