The word lens comes from the Latin name of the lentil, because

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The word lens comes from the Latin name of the lentil, because

Post by jancancook on Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:00 am

The word lens comes from the Latin name of the lentil, because a double-convex lens is lentil-shaped. The genus of the lentil plant is Lens, and the most commonly eaten species is Lens culinaris. The lentil plant also gives its name to a geometric figure.

The oldest lens artifact is the Nimrud lens, which is over three thousand years old, dating back to ancient Assyria.[3] David Brewster proposed that it may have been used as a magnifying glass, or as a burning-glass to start fires by concentrating sunlight.[3][4] Assyrian craftsmen made intricate engravings, and could have used such a lens in their work. Another early reference to magnification dates back to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in the 8th century BC, which depict "simple glass meniscal lenses".[5]

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