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Kjell,
   Isn't English "engine" (of an automobile) "motor" in Interlingua?
 
engine  n  [ME engin, fr. MF, fr. L ingenium natural disposition,
        talent, fr. in- + gignere to beget & more at KIN]
 
I suppose a complex motor constructed by an engineer (one who deals with
ingenious constructions, or runs ingenious engines) was seen to be ingenious,
and so called an "engine", the product of ingenluity.
 
Stan Mulaik