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 for etymon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Etymon \Et"y*mon\, n.; pl. E. Etymons, Gr. Etyma. [L., fr.
     Gr. 'e`tymon the true literal sense of a word according to
     its derivation, an etymon, fr. ? true, real, prob, akin to
     Skr. sotya, E. sooth. See Sooth.]
     1. An original form; primitive word; root.
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     2. Original or fundamental signification. [R.]
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              Given as the etymon or genuine sense of the word.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a simple form inferred as the common basis from which
           related words in several languages can be derived by
           linguistic processes [syn: etymon, root]

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