Word of the day

The word for today is…

matriculate (verb) – To admit or be admitted into a group, especially a college or university.

(noun) –  One who is admitted as a student to a college or university.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1570s, “to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register,” from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare “to register,” from Latin matricula “public register,” diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) “list, roll,” also “sources, womb”.

The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra “womb” (from meter “mother;” and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning “register, lot”. Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one.


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