“Muffliato!” Are the spells in Harry Potter real words? “Riddikulus!”“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” is now in theaters. The newest movie in the series promises to be packed with magic spells. There are dozens of spells that are used by the characters in Harry Potter’s fictional world of wizardry. But are any of them real words? The names of many of the spells are indeed derived from other languages, especially Latin. …
Origin of mundungus
1630–40; Latinized variant of Spanish mondongo tripe
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
"tobacco with an offensive odor," 1640s, from Spanish mondongo "paunch, tripe, intestines," related to modejo "paunch, belly (of a pig)."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper