viz.

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viz.
1540, abbreviation of videlicet "that is to say, to wit, namely" (1464), from L. videlicet, contraction of videre licet "it is permissible to see," from videre "to see" (see vision) + licet "it is allowed," third person singular present indicative of licere "be allowed."
The -z- is not a letter, but originally a twirl, representing the usual M.L. shorthand symbol for the ending -et. "In reading aloud usually rendered by 'namely.' " [OED]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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viz.
Latin videlicet (that is, namely)
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