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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Et`y*mol"o*gy
  1. That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of form and meaning.
  2. That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the form of the words in a language; inflection.

Etymology: L.etymologia, Gr. 'etymologi`a; 'e`tymon etymon + lo`gos discourse, description: cf. F. étymologie. See Etymon, and -logy

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  1. The study of the sources and development of words
  2. A history of a word

From Middle English , from Old French ethimologie, from Latin etymologia, from Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία (etumología), from ἔτυμον (étumon, “true sense”) and -λογία (-logía, “study of”) (from λόγος (lógos, “word; explanation”)).

  1. (uncountable) The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
  2. (countable) An account of the origin and historical development of a word.

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Past life for Etymology born Apr 22, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Bulgaria approximately on 1275. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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