muscle etymology

English word muscle comes from Latin murem, Ancient Greek (to 1453) μῦς

Detailed word origin of muscle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
murem Latin (lat)
μῦς Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
musculus Latin (lat) (anatomy) muscle. (military) mantelet, shielding. Saltwater mussel. Small mouse.
muskylle Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
muscle English (eng) (countable) An organ composed of muscle tissue.. (uncountable) A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.. (uncountable, figurative) Hired strongmen or bodyguards.. (uncountable, figurative) Strength, force.. (uncountable, usually plural) A well-developed physique, in which the muscles are enlarged from exercise. To use force to make progress, especially physical force.

Words with the same origin as muscle

Descendants of μῦς