Cheetahs are So Cool and How the words Cheetah and Poem are Etymologically Related

My daughter just finished a report on cheetahs for her kindergarten class. This is one of the videos she found in her research. 


Her research spurred me to revisit and understand better something I had come across years ago: The idea that the words cheetah and poem come from the same Indo-European root words. 

Bradshaw of the Future explains:

cheetah and poem

The Proto-Indo-European root is *kʷei-, "to pile up, build, make". The o-grade form *kʷoi- became Sanskrit काय kāya "body", which combined with चित्र citra "variegated , spotted , speckled" to formचित्रकाय citrakāya "striped-body, tiger or panther". This became Hindi चीता cītā, borrowed into English ascheetah.

The suffixed form *kʷoiw-eyo- became Greek ποιέω poieō "to create" and ποιημα poiēma, borrowed into Latin as poēma, borrowed into English as poem thru French.