Quarantine: From French, meaning ’40 days’, Read more:

Quarantine: From the French ‘quarante’ meaning 40 days, it was originally applied to the period of 40 days where a widow was allowed to stay in her home after her husband had died.This in turn was from the  Latin ‘quadraginta’, itself meaning forty.

The word gained its current meaning when it was applied to a 40 day period of isolation for ships with suspected disease on board.

 

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