Category:Etymological twins

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Etymological twins are two words that trace their etymology from ultimately the same source, but by different routes, and often with subtly or substantially different meanings. For example, fire and pyre (funeral pile) are both from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ur (fire), the former via Germanic, the latter via Latin, where it acquired its sense of “funeral pile”.

English has a relatively high number of etymological twins, due to its vocabulary drawing from two branches of the same etymological tree (Germanic for core, Romance (French/Latin) for many others), and due to repeated borrowing from French (Anglo-Norman in the Norman invasion, Middle French and some Modern French later).

Etymological twins may also be known as doublets, and may occur as triplets or more.

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