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etymon (noun), etyma, etymons (pl)
1. A foreign word from which a particular loan word is derived; for example, Latin duo, "two", is an etymon of English "duodecimal".
2. A word, or part of a word, from which another term is derived: Some etymons have been derived from other languages, possibly in changed forms.
3. Etymology: from late 16th century; via Latin from Greek etumon "true sense of a word" and etumos "true, original".

"Etymology" comes from the same source as etymon and gives a clue to the definition it provides; which is, "the literal meaning of a word according to its origin".

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