siphon

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French siphon, from Old French sifon, from Latin sipho, from Ancient Greek σίφων (síphōn, pipe, tube), of uncertain origin; possibly related to Latin tibia (pipe, flute of bone), reflecting a hypothetical late Proto-Indo-European *twi-, *twibʰ- (hollow) root, but the irregular forms suggest a non-Indo-European loan (i.e. substrate) source.

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  • Rhymes: -aɪfən
  • IPA(key): /ˈsaɪfən/
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Noun[edit]

siphon (plural siphons)

  1. A bent pipe or tube with one end lower than the other, in which hydrostatic pressure exerted due to the force of gravity moves liquid from one reservoir to another.
  2. A soda siphon.
  3. (biology) A tubelike organ found in animals or elongated cell found in plants.

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siphon (third-person singular simple present siphons, present participle siphoning, simple past and past participle siphoned)

  1. (transitive) To transfer (liquid) by means of a siphon.
    He used a rubber tube to siphon petrol from the car's fuel tank.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To steal or skim off money in small amounts; to embezzle.

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References[edit]

  • Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sīphō from Ancient Greek σίφων (síphōn, pipe, tube), of unknown ultimate origin.

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siphon m (plural siphons)

  1. siphon

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