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Saturday, October 1, 2016

What is the opposite of a cirlce?

Question: What is the opposite of circle (വട്ടം)?

Answer: വിട്ടം


The word വിട്ടം is the തത്ഭവം of വിഷ്ടം, which comes from Sanskrit വിശതി, meaning to enter or to go through. Thus വിഷ്ടം = വേശിക്കപ്പെട്ടത് , something that goes through.

Apparently, this comes from ancient architecture. വിട്ടം is the rafter that goes across (like a diameter) a circle (വട്ടം).

Thus  a വട്ടം goes around, whereas വിട്ടം goes across.