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Old etymology, as corrected by Atelaes[edit]

Removed in this revision; contains in-line references:

“Coined by the Ancient Greek physician Galen of Pergamon[1], entering English in 1646[2]: from Latin ambilaevus (ambi- (both) + laevus (left))[3], translating Ancient Greek ἀμφαξιστεξοὶ (amphaxistexoì).”

  1. ^ Page 35 of Left-handedness: Laterality Characteristics and Their Educational Implications (University of London Press, 1957) by Margaret MacDonald Clark: “In describing these cases, Galen (quoted by Orton) coined the word ‘ambilevous’, to imply having two left hands, to exclude the idea of skill connoted by the term ‘ambidextrous’.”
  2. ^ “ambidextrous” listed in the Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
  3. ^ Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
…and some errors. The English word was not coined by Galen of Pergamon. They didn't even have an English language in those days. --EncycloPetey 15:35, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that was quite ambiguously written. I believe the entry as it præsently stands makes what is meant clear.  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 15:43, 5 September 2008 (UTC)