Saltation

I have been enjoying using a 1967 Random House College Dictionary that I bought a few weeks ago at a church sale. It has good etymologies and many  definitions of rare words. In it I stumbled upon saltigrade, which means moving by leaps and can refer to a group of spiders called Saltigradae, and I found a wealth of saltation words, which come from the Latin saltare, to leap. One descendant is the Italian dance saltarello, which begins each measure with a hop step. Others are saltatory and saltatorial.

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