Shouldn't it just be frigerator?? What I am specifically looking at is the prefix "re" [to add the meaning "do again", especially to verbs, e.g. rebuild, remarry] when most things you would put in the Refrigerator are room temperature. I imagine this would even be more so in the past.

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    Fresh food isn't cold; it's room temperature – K Dog Jun 1 '17 at 13:17
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    The re- in English does not mean "do again" in refrigerator!!!! – user66974 Jun 1 '17 at 13:30
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    I thought your answer was fine, @Josh, its not your fault KDog wasn't interested in hearing it. – BradC Jun 1 '17 at 14:07
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    The question is about the English word. – AmE speaker Jun 1 '17 at 14:26
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    Ack, @RegDwigнt I have written an answer about the English word refrigerator, which was not a pointless waste of time. Questions here are very often not worded perfectly but allowed to remain open. – AmE speaker Jun 1 '17 at 15:14

My dictionary does say that Latin refrigerare (to make cool) is composed of re- (back) and frigus, frigor (cold).

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    Interesting, but not sure that how the latin word was assembled is relevant, if the entire word refrigerare was lifted to English. – BradC Jun 1 '17 at 14:06
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    Yes, and it seems to be that it has to do with the sequence of bathing. The Frigidarium was the first bath entered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Roman_bathing And then you returned to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigidarium to close your pores. To make cool again! – K Dog Jun 1 '17 at 14:06
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    @K Dog You da man. – Lambie Jun 1 '17 at 14:18
  • @KDog it has more to do with Latin refigare (to cool down, to cool again) in the medical or scientific sense. e.g., the necessity of "refrigerating" someone who had a fever - to cool him down/again – AmE speaker Jun 1 '17 at 14:19
  • @Clare it could be one of the noun/verb convergences where the pools would be the place to do what you describe. I would totally buy that. – K Dog Jun 1 '17 at 14:22

Re- in Latin does not always mean "back" or "again". Sometimes it is just an intensifier.

Look at request or require or even refried. You aren't doing anything again, just doing it more strongly.

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    Refried being Spanish and not Latin, but it seems to be the same idea. – Peter Shor Jun 1 '17 at 14:45

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