pestaña f (plural pestañes)
From Old Spanish pestaña (“eyelash and eyebrow area; eyelash”), cognate with Portuguese pestana (“eyelash”), Catalan pestanya (“eyelash”) and Gascon Occitan pestane, from Vulgar Latin *pistanna, and related to Basque pizta (“rheum, eye sleep”) and piztule (“pestaña”).
Coromines and Pascual conjecture that the Vulgar Latin term is perhaps from an uncertain Indo-European language, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pstḗn (“teat, nipple”), as an extension in the sense of something that hangs from the body.
pestaña f (plural pestañas)
- Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN