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etymology

noun [C or U] uk   /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.
etymological
adjective uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
etymologically
adverb uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌet̬.ɪˈməˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
etymologist
noun [C] uk   us   /-dʒɪst/
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