English Words of (Unexpected) Greek Origin.

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KEY

Posted by Johannes on 7 August 2008

Etymology of key:

the word key derives from the Latin clavis (key), which in turn derives from the Greek word κλαίς (clais; key), Doric form of κλείς (clis; key). In French clef (key).

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From the same root: keyboard, keyhole, keystone.
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In modern Greek
α) κλειδί: key [clidi]
β) κλειδαριά: lock, safety lock [clidaria]
γ) κλειδαράς: locksmith [clidaras]
δ) κλειδώνω: lock (in/out/away) [clidono]
ε) κλείδωμα: lock(ing) [clidoma]
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Ετυμολογία του key: η λέξη key προέρχεται από το Λατινικό clavis (κλειδί), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το ελληνικό κλαίς (κλειδί), δωρική μορφή του κλείς (κλειδί).
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κλαίς (clais) –> claVis –> clef –> key
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