Origin of 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, Lüppe (“salve, ointment, plant juice, medicine, magic"), Icelandic lyf (“medicine, drug").
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, læppa (“lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district"). More at lop.
Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-.
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