Good lord…have you considered the relationship between “explore” and, say, “deplore”? “Implore”?! PLORE, from Latin plorare (cf. pleurer in French, llorar in Spanish): to cry. To cry out!
Here’s who made me look that up:
(Audie Cornish Hen, having none of it yesterday)
(And in the meltiness today, exploring like a chamn dampion!)