Origin of Limn
Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript) probably alteration (influenced by limnour illustrator) of luminen from Old French luminer from Latin lūmināre to illuminate, adorn from lūmen lūmin- light leuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English luminem, limnen (“to illuminate (a manuscript)"), from Middle French enluminer, from Latin illÅ«minō (“I illuminate") (English illuminate), in + lÅ«minō (“light up"), from lÅ«men (“light"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (English leam (“glow")).
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