Word Origin and History for February n. late14c.,fromLatinfebruariusmensis"monthofpurification,"fromfebrua"purifications,expiatoryrites"(pluraloffebruum), ofunknownorigin,saidto beaSabineword.Thelastmonthoftheancient(pre-450B.C.E.)Roman calendar,sonamedinreferencetotheRomanfeastofpurification,heldon theidesofthemonth.InBritain,replacedOldEnglishsolmonað"mudmonth."Englishfirst(c.1200)borroweditfromOldFrenchFeverier, which yieldedfeoverelbeforearespellingtoconformtoLatin.
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor starred in films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and BUtterfield 8. Born in London on February 27, 1932, Elizabeth Taylor made her film debut inOne Born Every Minute(1942) and achieved stardom withNational Velvet(1944). Although she won Academy Awards for her work inBUtterfield 8(1960) andWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?(1965), Taylor was just as famous for her many marriages, extensive jewelry collection and stunning violet eyes.