One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An expert in or student of etymology; = "etymologist".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edmund Bolton (?1575/5–?1634), antiquary and historian. From classical Latin etymologus (Varro; probably from Byzantine Greek ἐτυμολόγος (first attested later than the Latin word; from Hellenistic Greek ἔτυμον + -λογος: see -loger)) + -er.
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