ay Look up ay at Dictionary.com
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ayah (n.) Look up ayah at Dictionary.com
"native nurse, children's governess," Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Portuguese aia, cognate with Spanish aya, Italian aja, etc., "nurse," from Latin avia "grandmother," fem. of avus "grandfather" (see uncle).
ayatollah (n.) Look up ayatollah at Dictionary.com
honorific title for an Iranian Shiite religious leader, 1950, from Persian, from Arabic ayatu-llah, literally "miraculous sign of God."
aye (interj.) Look up aye at Dictionary.com
word of assent, 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of I, meaning "I assent;" or an alteration of Middle English yai "yes" (see yea), or from aye (adv.) "always, ever."
aye (adv.) Look up aye at Dictionary.com
"always, ever," c. 1200, from Old Norse ei "ever" (cognate with Old English a "always, ever"), from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cognates: Greek aion "age, eternity," Latin aevum "space of time;" see eon).
ayurvedic (adj.) Look up ayurvedic at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to traditional Hindu science of medicine," 1917, from Sanskrit ayurveda "science of life," from ayur "life" + veda "knowledge" (see Veda).
azalea (n.) Look up azalea at Dictionary.com
type of flowering shrub, 1753, Modern Latin, coined by Linnaeus from the fem. of Greek azaleos "dry," related to azein "to dry up" (see ash (n.1)). The plant thrives in sandy soil.
Azerbaijan Look up Azerbaijan at Dictionary.com
country name, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Persian Aturpatakan, from Greek Atropatene, from the Persian satrap Atropates, who ruled there in the time of Alexander the Great; or from local azer "fire" + baydjan (Iranian baykan) "guardian," in reference to fire-worship.
azimuth (n.) Look up azimuth at Dictionary.com
"distance of a star from the north or south point of the meridian," late 14c., from Old French azimut, from Arabic as-sumut "the ways," plural of as-samt "the way, direction" (see zenith).
azo- Look up azo- at Dictionary.com
word-forming element denoting the presence of nitrogen, 1879, from comb. form of azote, the old term for "nitrogen" (from Greek a- "not, without" (see a- (3)) + zoion "a living being;" see zoo); coined in French by Lavoisier & de Morveau because living things cannot survive in the gas.
azoic (adj.) Look up azoic at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to the period of Earth's history before life appeared," 1854, with -ic + Greek azoos, from a- "not, without" (see a- (3)) + zoon "animal," here used in the sense "life" (see zoo).
azotemia (n.) Look up azotemia at Dictionary.com
1900, also azotaemia, from azote "nitrogen" (see azo-) + -emia "blood."
Aztec Look up Aztec at Dictionary.com
1787, from Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl aztecatl (plural aztecah), meaning "coming from Aztlan," name of their legendary place of origin, usually said to lie somewhere in what is now southwestern U.S.
azure (n.) Look up azure at Dictionary.com
"sky-blue color," early 14c., from Old French azur, asur, a color name, from a false separation of Arabic (al)-lazaward "lapis lazuli," as though the -l- were the French article l'. The Arabic name is from Persian lajward, from Lajward, a place in Turkestan, mentioned by Marco Polo, where the stone was collected.