Etymology
Advertisement
Maldives 

chain of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.

Related entries & more 
Advertisement
Apennine 
Latin Apenninus (mons), the chain of mountains which forms the spine of Italy, perhaps from Celtic penn "hill, head of land" (see pen-).
Related entries & more 
Piggly-Wiggly 
chain of self-service grocery stores, started 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee. According to founder's reminiscence from 1921, an arbitrary coinage, simply "something different from anything used before" ["Current Opinion"].
Related entries & more 
peptide (n.)

"short chain of amino acids linked by amide bonds," 1906, from German peptid (1902); see peptone + -ide, here probably indicating a derivative. Related: Peptidic.

Related entries & more 
Woolworth 
also Woolworth's, often in reference to inexpensive merchandise, from the F.W. Woolworth & Company chain of "five-and-ten-cent stores," begun 1879 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Related entries & more 
Advertisement
parrel (n.)

late 15c., pariel, "rope or chain that fixes the middle of a yard to a mast," from parel "equipment" (c. 1400), earlier "apparel" (early 14c.), a shortening of apparel (n.).

Related entries & more 
sprocket (n.)
1530s, originally a carpenters' word for a piece of timber used in framing, of unknown origin. The meaning "projection from the rim of a wheel that engages the links of a chain" is first recorded 1750.
Related entries & more 
ghat (n.)
also ghaut, from Hindi, "a pass of descent from a mountain," hence also "mountain range, chain of hills," also "stairway leading up from a river" (to a shrine, temple, etc.), from Sanskrit ghattah "landing place," of unknown origin.
Related entries & more 
bracelet (n.)
"ornamental ring or clasped chain for the wrist," mid-15c., from Old French bracelet (14c.), diminutive of bracel, from Latin bracchiale "armlet," from bracchium "an arm, a forearm," from Greek brakhion "an arm" (see brachio-).
Related entries & more 
desmo- 

before vowels desm-, word-forming element used in scientific compounds and meaning "band, bond, ligament," from Greek desmos "bond, fastening, chain," related to dein "to bind," from PIE root *dē- "to bind."  

Related entries & more 

Page 3