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(See the entry for selfsame in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Middle English selfsame, from earlier selve same, equivalent to self + same or self- + same. Compare Old High German selbsama (“selfsame, identical”), Danish selvsamme (“selfsame, identical”), English selfsome. More at self, same.
selfsame (not comparable)
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:selfsame.
- selfsame in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- selfsame in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911