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

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?
 

Aurifex

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

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

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