\ \ English has two distinct words shingle.
\ \ The older, ‘roof tile’ [12], was borrowed from Latin scindula, a variant of scandularoof tile’.
\ \ This was probably derived from scandereascend’ (source of English ascend, descend, scan, etc), the underlying notion being of rows of tiles rising one above the other like steps. Shinglebeach pebbles’ [16] is of unknown origin; it may be related to Norwegian singlcoarse sand’ and North Frisian singelgravel’. Shingles [14], incidentally, the name of a viral infection, comes from Latin cingulumgirdle’, a close relative of English cincturegirdle’: the disease is often characterized by skin eruptions that almost encircle the body.

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