I don't know about
you, but I am terribly frustrated when looking up a term and I get hit with
more terms I have to look up. It isn't that I am stupid, but specialties
have their own particular jargons --- their argots. For example, at a site
called Dictionary.com they used the terms mogusa, escharotic,
yomigi, Artemisia Chinensis, amadou and A. moxa
when defining moxa. Of course, this may explain why I didn't get a perfect
score on the vocabulary part of my high school S.A.T. test. However,
on the other hand it gives me an opportunity to start a few more research
projects and I love that stuff. (By the way, I would do a lot better today
than I did when I was 18. If only I knew then....sigh...and there had been
American Heritage Dictionary tells us that this word comes from a
combination of the verb moeru (to burn) plus kusa (an herb).
Although they don't spell it out it turns out that mogusa, pronounced
mogsa, was corrupted in translation to moxa.