- 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.
An example of etyma is when the word Rome came from "Romulus" and when the word sandwich came from the "Earl of Sandwich."
etyma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek etymon, literal sense of a word, etymology, neuter of etymos, true ; from Indo-European an unverified form seto- ; from base an unverified form es-, to be from source is, Classical Latin sum, est