probably from Greek limnḗtēs
"living around lakes" (from límnē
"standing water, pool, marshy lake" + -ētēs,
extended form of -tēs,
agent suffix) + 1-ic
, after German limnetisch
; Greek límnē
perhaps going back to an Indo-European paradigm *lei-mōn,
whence, with semantic and morphological differentiation, Greek leimṓn
"damp tract of ground, moist meadow," limen-, limḗn
"protected creek, harbor"
Despite the apparent antiquity of the underlying paradigm, the etymon has no certain Indo-European congeners. It has been compared with Latin līmus "mud, mire," Old English slīm 1slime (assuming an original sense "wetness") and, in a completely different direction, with Latin līmus "transverse, oblique," Old English lim "member, 1limb" (assuming an original sense, "something bent in, depression").