from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An adjective termination of Latin or Greek origin, very common in adjectives taken from Latin or Greek, as in public, metallic, etc., and also much used in modern formations, as artistic, electric, etc.
  • noun In chem., a suffix denoting a higher state of oxidation than the termination -ous, as ferric hydrate, distinguished from ferrous hydrate, phosphoric anhydrid, distinguished from phosphorous anhydrid, etc.

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  • noun informal A Roman numeral representing ninety-nine (99).
  • abbreviation in this case.

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  • noun a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence
  • adjective being nine more than ninety


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • And ic nelle þ̵ eni {} man enig {} þing þer {} on theo · butan hi ⁊ heara wicneras · þe hi hit bitechan · willað · ne frencisce ne englisce · for þan þi {n} gan þe ich habbe criste þas gerichtan forgifan minre Saule to ech {er} e alisendnesse ⁊ ic  {15} nelle geþauian þ̵ enig {} man þis abrece bi minan fullen frenscipan.

    Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts

  • Peter: "How would you explain the diphtong-less forms in Germanic?"

    Pondering on the phrase 'capite velato'

  • Whitney Edward Reed was born in Glens Falls, N.Y. He received a bachelor's and a master's degree in Germanic languages from Boston University, in 1950 and 1952, respectively.

    Whitney E. Reed, NSA Official

  • I would agree with PhoeniX - if "hand" were to be a early Latin loan in Germanic, I would expect to see many more Latin loans in Proto-Germanic.

    Searching for an etymology for Germanic *handuz 'hand'

  • It's just, if such a core word was loaned into the Germanic languages, I would prefer to see a lot more extensive loaning from Latin in Germanic at such an early stage.

    Searching for an etymology for Germanic *handuz 'hand'

  • Given the imperative of the blood-feud in Germanic society, one insult or injury real or imagined could have initiated a cycle of vengeance that could have taken years to break.

    Cearl, King of the Mercians

  • The famous examples are the Ulfbehrt Viking swords, but there's also a delightful example from Lincoln of a comb case with an inscription in Norse runes that translates approximately as "Thorfast Makes a Good Comb" - all that's missing is his website address and orderline phone number :- That may indicate that craftsmen had a higher status in Germanic society than Roman society.

    A Bishop of Chester?

  • Loup de Fages describes it as `a massive building, white and cold, in Germanic style, isolated in the woods at the edge of a lake which even to this day has retained a beauty that is wholly wild'.

    Edith Södergran: a biographical profile - 3

  • PhoeniX: "It's just, if such a core word was loaned into the Germanic languages, I would prefer to see a lot more extensive loaning from Latin in Germanic at such an early stage."

    Searching for an etymology for Germanic *handuz 'hand'

  • Regarding the above example, we have no way of knowing whether or not Grimm's law was preceded in Germanic by a brief period of pharyngealization that ended before it could affect any other sound changes.

    A new value for Minoan 'd'


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