Etymology: From (term, etimologie, lang=enm) < (term, ethimologie, lang=fro) < (term, etymologia, lang=la) < Ancient Greek (term, sc=polytonic, á, tr=etumologia, lang=grc) < (term, sc=polytonic, á, tr=etumon, , true sense) and (term, sc=polytonic, -, tr=-logia, , study of) < (term, sc=polytonic, , tr=logos).
- The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
- An account of the origin and historical development of a word.
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