|—n , pl -gies|
|1.||the study of the sources and development of words and morphemes|
|2.||an account of the source and development of a word or morpheme|
|[C14: via Latin from Greek etumologia; see |
the history of a word or word element, including its origins and derivation. Although the etymologizing of proper names appears in the Old Testament and Plato dealt with etymology in his dialogue Cratylus, lack of knowledge of other languages and of the historical developments that languages undergo prevented ancient writers from arriving at the proper etymologies of words
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