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The origin and analysis of a word as shown by breaking it down into its constituent historical elements.

etymology

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The explanation or description of what a thing is; or what a word or phrase means or has meant.

definition

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The central element of a word which is left after the removal of all affixes.

root / base

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A collective term for prefixes, suffixes, and infixes.

affix

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One or more letters or syllables placed at the beginning of a word to modify its meaning.

prefix

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The process by which adjacent sounds (usually consonants) acquire similar or identical characteristics.

assimilation

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The tendency toward greater ease of pronunciation resulting in combinative changes, largely due to speed and economy of utterance.

euphony

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A change in the internal vowel of a base, often when the base is prefixed.

vowel gradation

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An abbreviation that spells a word or pronounceable unit.

acronym

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Two or more words in different languages which have the same root.

cognate(s)

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Two words of the same language which are derived from the same original word.

doublet(s)

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A word borrowed from another word or root, usually belonging to another language.

derivative

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etymology

The origin and analysis of a word as shown by breaking it down into its constituent historical elements.

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definition

The explanation or description of what a thing is; or what a word or phrase means or has meant.

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root / base

The central element of a word which is left after the removal of all affixes.

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affix

A collective term for prefixes, suffixes, and infixes.

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prefix

One or more letters or syllables placed at the beginning of a word to modify its meaning.

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assimilation

The process by which adjacent sounds (usually consonants) acquire similar or identical characteristics.

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euphony

The tendency toward greater ease of pronunciation resulting in combinative changes, largely due to speed and economy of utterance.

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vowel gradation

A change in the internal vowel of a base, often when the base is prefixed.

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acronym

An abbreviation that spells a word or pronounceable unit.

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cognate(s)

Two or more words in different languages which have the same root.

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doublet(s)

Two words of the same language which are derived from the same original word.

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derivative

A word borrowed from another word or root, usually belonging to another language.