One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Electricity. A device producing an electromotive force, a voltaic cell; (also) a metal serving as one of the poles or elements of such a cell. Now historical.
2A machine for applying electricity as a motive power; an electric motor.
Electricity and Biology. Involving or producing an electromotive force.
Early 19th century. From electro- + motor, after French électromoteur.
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