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Old 09-06-2017, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by DrPlacebo View Post
I just got points for COROLLA.

It turns out to be a botany term:
"(An outermost-but-one whorl of a flower, composed of petals, when it is not the same in appearance as the outermost whorl (the calyx); it usually comprises the petal, which may be fused."

But I also looked up the origin of the Toyota compact car's name, and I'm glad I did, because that's even better. "Corolla" is the Latin diminuitive for "corona" or crown. Toyota's main full-size sedan from 1955 onward is the Toyota Crown, and it turns out Toyota's smaller main-line sedans have names derived from "Crown." The Corolla, a compact, is a "little Crown." (And the midsize Camry comes from the Japanese word "kanmuri" which also means "little crown.")
That took me back. Thought I remembered a Toyota Corona and sure enough there it was - another kind of "crown".

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