Latin

edit

Pronunciation

edit

Etymology 1

edit

Related to Oscan ekkum via Proto-Italic; further etymology uncertain. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *é(y) or *h₁é +‎ *(-)ḱe.

May be apocopated or back-formed from ecce. An old hypothesis proposed *ed-ke underlying Latin ecce (in which case, all ec- may simply be *ed-) and *ed-ke-om underlying Oscan ekkum, comparing the first element of Proto-Slavic *ed-ìnъ (one) and *ed(ъ)-và (only), which would point to Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)ed-, but the latter is nowadays reconstructed as *h₁edʰ- in accordance with Winter's law. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Prefix

edit

ec-

  1. prefixed to interrogatives, has intensive or indefinite force
    ec- + -ceecce
    ec- + quandōecquandō
    ec- + quisecquis
Derived terms
edit

References

edit

Etymology 2

edit

See ex-.

Prefix

edit

ec-

  1. Alternative form of ex- (combining with f-initial words).
    ec- + ferōecferō