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etymon

(pl. etyma)
an earlier form of a word. See also etymology.
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In his longstanding theory of "matrices et etymons," such matrixes are said to be the base ("invariant notionnel") for a whole array of semantically related roots.
for example, yields etymons such as {q, $}, {k, i}, {g, d}, and {k, $}, all of which share the conceptual field 'cut, decide, tear, destroy, death' derived from the underlying matrix (p.
Greek and Latin etymons of sweet-hedone and suadere-are no doubt on the tip of the tongue in "Felise," as is "bitter," a paradoxical connection which in Swinburne resembles what Freud writes of as the antithetical meaning of primal words.
The table does not show all the points on which the orthographies differ -- indeed, this would be impossible as in the Moravian orthography so many words are spelled like their Dutch or English etymons.
The OED is dubious about some of the etymons, but the other lexicographic work is also rather inconclusive in those cases.
Would it not be more pertinent to acknowledge the information provided by the American Heritage Dictionary, that Latin navis (ship) and Latin navem agere (to drive a ship) are the obvious etymons of navy and navigate, respectively?