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etymology

noun [C or U]     /ˌet.ɪˈmɒl.ə.dʒi/ US  /ˌet̬.ɪˈmɑː.lə-/
the study of the origin and history of words, or a study of this type relating to one particular word: At university she developed an interest in etymology. A list of selected words and their etymologies is printed at the back of the book.Linguistic terms and linguistic style etymological     /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/ US  /-ˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/ adjective Linguistic terms and linguistic style etymologically     /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /ˌet̬.ɪˈməˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/ adverb Linguistic terms and linguistic style etymologist     /-dʒɪst/ noun [C] Linguistic terms and linguistic style
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