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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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OS1 veprl, Lett vepris 'boar' (with an unexplained V-, derived by some etymologists (G 666) < *wep- 'throw, sprinkle (semen)' (<*[h.
Etymologists tell us that the word "narrative" derives from the same root as the word "know.
De Vere 205) The common people are all amateur etymologists, and they like to put into every word some familiar glimmer of sense.
Taking a different approach, a few imaginative etymologists have theorized that the drink is so called because it cocks the imbiber's tail, like a cock-tailed horse whose tail has been docked short.
I have found no recent etymologists who would accept Balzac's derivation.
Napoleon's example of taking antiquaries, etymologists, epigraphists and naturalists with him to Egypt conferred a cultural dimenson to post-Napoleonic French colonialism which had not been there before.
These studies have excited genealogists and etymologists, for they indicate how many distinct origins a name is likely to have.
Surely, etymologists and marketers will come up with something.
It may connect also with the 'return of the lost ruler' theme, for etymologists know that Avalon, the land from which Arthur will one day return, is the 'marshy land'.
the anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient identified by "respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists, and other researchers" as cannabis.
The word bistro itself, according to most etymologists, came originally from hungry Russian soldiers fresh from the Crimean War who demanded in their Russian dialect, "Bistro