etymon

noun et·y·mon \ ˈe-tə-ˌmän \

Definition of etymon

plural etyma play \ˈe-tə-mə\ also etymons
1 a :an earlier form of a word in the same language or an ancestral language
b :a word in a foreign language that is the source of a particular loanword
2 :a word or morpheme from which words are formed by composition or derivation

Origin and Etymology of etymon

Latin, from Greek, literal meaning of a word according to its origin, from etymos true; akin to Greek eteos true — more at sooth

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