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
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