Etymologies
Etymology Et`y*mol"o*gy (-j[y^]), n.; pl. {Etymologies} (-j[i^]z). [L.etymologia, Gr. 'etymologi`a; 'e`tymon etymon + lo`gos discourse, description: cf. F. ['e]tymologie. See {Etymon}, and {-logy}.] 1. That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of form and meaning. [1913 Webster]

2. That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the form of the words in a language; inflection. [1913 Webster]


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