Word of the day

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pecuniary (adj) – 1. Of or relating to money.
2. Requiring payment of money.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa. 1500, from Latin pecuniarius “pertaining to money,” from pecunia “money, property, wealth,” from pecu “cattle, flock,” from PIE root *peku- “wealth, movable property, livestock” (source of Sanskrit pasu- “cattle,” Gothic faihu “money, fortune,” Old English feoh “cattle, money”).

Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world, and Rome, like any other culture, was essentially a farmer’s community. That pecunia was literally “wealth in cattle” was still apparent to Cicero. Compare Welsh tlws “jewel,” cognate with Irish tlus “cattle,” connected via notion of “valuable thing,” and, perhaps emolument.

 


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