Rewatching “Luna Eclipsed” for the upcoming article, I started thinking about when Twilight refers to Star Swirl the Bearded as “father of the amniomorphic spell,” and specifically what “amniomorphic” might mean. Now, it’s not actually a word, but it’s comprised of two roots that do have meaning:
–morphic means “having to do with shape.” A spoomorphic spell would therefore be either a spell that in some way is shaped like spoo, or a spell that makes things spoo-shaped or turns things into spoo.
Amnio- has a couple of possibilities.
The one that’s gotten popular in the fandom is that an amnion is a kind of bowl, which eventually results in the joke that Star Swirl is Harry Potter. There’s just one problem–the Greek word for pottery isn’t amnion, it’s keramos. Amnion was the Greek word for the placenta. Etymologically, yes, it comes from another amnion that was a bowl used to collect the blood from animal sacrifice, but in all modern words it refers to the placenta. The amniotic sac is the membrane that develops into the inner lining of the eggshell in egg-laying animals and the placenta in placental mammals, amniomancy is the art of predicting a baby’s future by examining the afterbirth, and so on.
So, basically, amniomorphic spells? Whatever they are, they’re gross and you probably don’t want one cast on you.