1. That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of from and meaning.

2. That pert of grammar which relates to the changes in the form of the words in a language; inflection.

Origin: L.etymologia, Gr.; etymon + discourse, description: cf. F. Etymologie. See Etymon, and -logy.

(01 Mar 1998)

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