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etymology

Etymology: Gk, etymos, base; L, logos, words
the study of the origin and development of words.

etymology

(ĕt″ĭ-mŏl′ō-jē) [L. etymon, origin of a word, + logos, word, reason]
The science of the origin and development of words. Most medical words are derived from Latin and Greek, but many of those from Greek have come through Latin and have been modified by it. Generally, when two Greek words are used to form one word, they are connected by the letter “o.” Many medical words have been formed from one or more roots—forms used or adapted from Latin or Greek—and many are modified by a prefix, a suffix, or both. A knowledge of important Latin and Greek roots and prefixes will reveal the meanings of many other words.
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In his opinion, this function had been inherited from the orthographic system of Old English, but in Early Middle English of Northeast Midlands it was presumably on its last legs, and hence <CC> digraphs also appear in items with an etymologically geminate (long) consonant.
According to SKES, SSA and EEW, the Estonian words urg : uru 'burrow, lair', urgas : urka 'den, lair, hole', urge : urke 'sinus', urk : urga 'hole in the ice', urk : urgi 'the line drawn on the field to divide harvest land', urg : ura 'stream', org : oru 'valley' and Finnish urkama 'cavity, pit, river bed', and orko 'hollow, dingle' are etymologically connected (SKES: orko, ura, urakka; SSA 2: orko; SSA 3: urkama; EEW: org, urg).
As yet, there has been no critical discussion of how the word "Spain," etymologically, resonates both with the name "Jordan" and the nickname "rabbit.
Etymologically, matter comes from an Indo-European word for "mother," the creator or origin of substance.
Etymologically, these two words are the same; to include both would be a common courtesy to the reader and a sign of the willingness to overcome a particular national bent.
His talent wasn't in defining old words but in inventing new ones that were etymologically sound.
Etymologically every heir is an orphan, which is where we adoptees remain without the saving notion of chosen-ness.
Dictionaries show that, etymologically, the prefix "a" means "not, without, lacking" and theism is "belief in the existence of a god or gods.
Etymologically the term "terror" comes from the Latin terror (3).
According to the author, the Pali term bhatti and the Sansktri term bhakti are etymologically rooted to the same word "bhaj", and they give the same meaning, devotion.
Throughout the book, I especially admired its author's alertness to Milton's etymologically charged and densely enmeshed language--the interwoven vocabulary of hope (spero) and breath (spiro), for example.
This introduces an idea whose importance, characteristically, does not emerge till later: words can be etymologically related other than by sharing a reconstructable ancestor form.