Origin of centumL, hundred: so named because the initial velar stop of Classical Latin centum illustrates the typical development in this group from the Indo-European palatal stop; that is , Indo-European ? ? centum k, satem š (?)
Origin of centumLatin hundred (a word whose initial sound in classical Latin illustrates the preservation of the Indo-European palatal velar as a velar k ) ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative spelling of centum.