specimen etymology

English word specimen comes from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ-, Proto-Indo-European - -yeti, and later Proto-Indo-European *spéḱyeti (To be looking at, to keep looking at.)

Detailed word origin of specimen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*speḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to look
- -yeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*spéḱyeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be looking at, to keep looking at.
*spekjō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To observe, to see.
specio Latin (lat) I observe, watch, look at.
specimen Latin (lat) Example, pattern, model. Mark, token, sign, indication. Ornament, honor.
specimen English (eng) (humorous, often preceded with “fine”) An eligible man.. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.. An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

Words with the same origin as specimen

Descendants of *speḱ-
aspect bishop despise despite disrespect expect expected expecting inspection inspector pope respect respected scope species specific specifically spectacle speculation spice spicy superintendent suspect suspicion
Descendants of - -yeti
arm armed bad cat celebrate challenge continue couple cure damn ear escape event excuse goddamn launch lie mention record search seek