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What is a fossilized term?



A fossilized term is a word or root that occurs only as an archaic expression.


A fossilized term is often an idiom or part of an idiom.

Examples (English)
  • fro in to and fro
  • cob- in cobweb, from archaic cop, meaning ‘spider’

Mish 1991 487

Wood 1986 63

  A fossil is a kind of

Crystal 1985 127


Mish 1991 487


Wood 1986 63

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