Around 75% of modern Spanish is derived from Latin . Ancient Greek has also contributed substantially to Spanish vocabulary, especially through Latin, where it had a great impact. With around 8% of its vocabulary being Arabic in origin, this language is the second most important influence after Latin. It has absorbed vocabulary from other languages, particularly the Romance languages French , Italian , Occitan , and Sardinian , as well as from Nahuatl , Quechua , and other indigenous languages of the Americas .   
But a great wonder of this chamber, and a marvel to behold, was how the capital of every one of the four-and-twenty pillars was hewn from a single precious stone, carved by the hand of some sculptor of long ago into the living form of a monster: here was a harpy with screaming mouth, so wondrously cut in ochre-tinted jade it was a marvel to hear no scream from her: here in wine-yellow topaz a flying fire-drake: there a cockatrice made of a single ruby: there a star sapphire the colour of moonlight, cut for a cyclops, so that the rays of the star trembled from his single eye: salamanders, mermaids, chimaeras, wild men o' the woods, leviathans, all hewn from faultless gems, thrice the bulk of a big man's body, velvet-dark sapphires, chrystolite, beryl, amethyst, and the yellow zircon that is like transparent gold.