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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Where does the name Tenerife come from?

Snow capped Teide
A visitor yesterday asked the question, so I thought I'd give you the answer:
"Known to the Romans as Nivaria (from the Latin nix, nivis, "snow"), a reference to the snows atop the volcano known as El Teide, Tenerife bears a name that is also a reference to this volcano and was used for the island by the Guanches of the neighboring island of La Palma; “Tene” signifying “mountain” and “ife” white (the “r” was added by the Spanish). To the natives of Tenerife, however, the island was known as Chenech, Chinech or Achinech."
Source: Wikipedia.

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