Is "attrition" derived from the Greek word "tribein"....

By geordief, in 'Ancient Greek', Apr 8, 2017.

  1. geordief New Member

    ...via the Latin "atterere"?

    In another forum (sciforums.com) I claimed that the English word "attrition" was derived from the Greek word "tribein", forgetting that it was obviously a Latin form.

    Is "tribein" (Greek) nevertheless related to "atterere" (Latin) ? Perhaps we cannot say ?

    Both words mean "to rub". Are their similar(ish) forms coincidental?
  2. Aurifex Aedilis

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    Here's [some of] what Chantraine has to say on τρίβω:
    tribo etym..JPG
  3. geordief New Member

    That looks like they are related if he is right.

    Thanks.

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