Saturday, August 20, 2011

Random Etymological Post #1

Book. (E.) M.E. book; A.S. bōc, a book; also, a beech-tree. The orig. 'books' were pieces of writing scratched on a beechen board. +Du. boek; Icel. bōk; Swed. bok; Dan. bog; G. buch; all in the sense of 'book'; Goth. bōka, a letter, pl. bōkōs, writings. β With A.S. bōc, beech, cf. L. fāgus, a beech, Gk. ϕηϒóς, a tree with edible fruit.

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