ἐτυμολογία (etumología), from
ἔτυμον (étumon, “true sense”) and
-λογία (-logía, “study of”) (from
λόγος (lógos, “word; explanation”)).
uncountable) The study of the
historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
countable) An account of the
historical development of a word.
- Not to be confused with
entomology (“the study of insects”) or
etiology (“the study of causes or origins”).
study of the historical development of languages, particularly of individual words
account of the origin and historical development of a word
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- “etymology” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
- “etymology”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged,
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- "etymology" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.