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[et-uh-mon] /ˈɛt əˌmɒn/

noun, plural etymons, etyma
[et-uh-muh] /ˈɛt ə mə/ (Show IPA)
the linguistic form from which another form is historically derived, as the Latin cor “heart,” which is the etymon of English cordial, or the Indo-European *ḱ (e) rd-, which is the etymon of Latin cor, Greek kardía, Russian serdtse, and English heart.
noun (pl) -mons, -ma (-mə)
a form of a word or morpheme, usually the earliest recorded form or a reconstructed form, from which another word or morpheme is derived: the etymon of English “ewe” is Indo-European “*owi”

“primitive word,” 1570s, from Greek etymon, neuter of etymos “true, real, actual,” related to eteos “true,” which is perhaps cognate with Sanskrit satyah, Gothic sunjis, Old English soð “true.”


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