Etyma is the plural of etymon, which is defined as an early form of a word, or a word from which a later word was formed.noun
An example of etyma is when the word Rome came from "Romulus" and when the word sandwich came from the "Earl of Sandwich."YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Variant of etymon
- the earlier form of a word, as at an earlier period in the development of a language: in this dictionary etymons are shown in italic type within the etymologies: Old English eage is the etymon of Modern English eye
- a word or morpheme from which derivatives or compounds have developed
Origin: L < Gr etymon, literal sense of a word, etymology, neut. of etymos, true < IE *seto- < base *es-, to be > is, L sum, est
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