Oil etymology


English word oil comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) ἐλαία, Proto-Hellenic *élaiwon, and later Latin olea (Olive (fruit). Olive tree.)

Etymology of oil

Detailed word origin of oil

Dictionary entry Language Definition
ἐλαία Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
*élaiwon Proto-Hellenic (grk-pro)
ἔλαιον Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
olea Latin (lat) Olive (fruit). Olive tree.
oleum Latin (lat) Olive oil. The palaestra.
olie Anglo-Norman (xno)
oile Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
oil English (en) (transitive) To grease with oil for cooking.. (transitive) To lubricate with oil. An oil painting.. Liquid fat.. Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.

Words with the same origin as oil

Descendants of ἐλαία

gasoline olive