One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a kind of three-centre bonding between a central metal atom and a hydrogen atom which is bonded to a carbon atom in another part of the same molecule; of, relating to, or involving bonding of this kind.
1980s. From a supposed ancient Greek verb ἀγοστεῖν to clasp or hold to oneself (attributed to Homer) + -ic. In fact, ἀγοστῷ in Homer represents the dative of ἀγοστός flat of the hand, of unknown origin.
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