Origin of lib.Classical Latin liber book
Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-.
From Middle English libbe, from Old English lybb (“medicine, drug, potion, poison, charm"), from Proto-Germanic *lubjÄ… (“wort, herb, drug, poison"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbÊ°-, *lewb- (“to peel, break, damage"), from Proto-Indo-European *lew- (“to cut, remove, prune, separate"). Cognate with German Luppe, LÃ¼ppe (“salve, ointment, plant juice, medicine, magic"), Icelandic lyf (“medicine, drug").
(third-person singular simple present libs, present participle libbing, simple past and past participle libbed)
From Middle English libben, related to Dutch lubben (“to castrate, emasculate"), Dutch libbe (“a steer"), lubbert (“a eunuch"). Further relation uncertain. Possibly related to Old English *lybbian (“to doctor"), from lybb (see above); or perhaps related to Old English lappa, lÃ¦ppa (“lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district"). More at lop.