- 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."
A plural of etymon.
Variant of etymon
nounpl. etymons or etyma
- 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 of etymonClassical 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