μηχανή

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Uncertain. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂gʰ- ‎(to be able), with cognates including Old Church Slavonic могѫ ‎(mogǫ) and Old English magan, miht, mæġen (English may, might, main). See also Μάγος ‎(Mágos).

Beekes argues for a Pre-Greek origin.

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Noun[edit]

μηχανή ‎(mēkhanḗf ‎(genitive μηχανῆς); first declension mhxanh mechane mekhane may be Romanised forms of Ancient Greek μηχανή.

  1. contrivance, machine, device, gear
  2. way, means

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  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill

Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek.

Noun[edit]

μηχανή ‎(michaníf ‎(plural μηχανές)

  1. machine, engine
  2. locomotive, the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself
  3. (colloquial) motorcycle, motorbike
  4. (figuratively) a way to deceive people

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