Of the 41,000 words used by Greek authors down to 300 BC about seven-eighths are derivatives or compounds, and their formation is sufficiently explained in Liddell and Scott’s Lexicon. The remaining 5,000 form the subject of the present work, Etyma Graeca: An Etymological Lexicon of Classical Greek. In part one, they are arranged alphabetically, in part two according to the etymological processes involved in them.
Etyma Graeca also includes two important appendixes. Appendix A is a list of the 92 onomatopoeic words found in classical Greek. From the nature of the case no derivation can be sought for these, though many may be paralled in other languages. In Appendix B, the 641 loan-words in classical Greek are arranged as far as possible according to the languages from which they were taken. Most of them are substantives, and denote material objects.
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Edward Ross Wharton (1844–1896) earned his BA and MA from Trinity College, Oxford. In 1868, he was elected fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and was a noted philologist and genealogist.