match etymology

English word match comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) μύξα, and later Latin myxa (Sebesten (tree).)

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Detailed word origin of match

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
μύξα Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
myxa Latin (lat) Sebesten (tree).
micca Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
meische Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
match English (eng) A device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface.