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What is a fossilized term?

 

Definition
 

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

Discussion
 

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’
 
Sources:

Mish 1991 487

Wood 1986 63

Generic
  A fossil is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 127

 

Mish 1991 487

 

Wood 1986 63


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