1580s, "act of mixing," from mix (v.).
1530s, back-formation from Middle English myxte (early 15c.) "composed of more than one element, of mixed nature," from Anglo-French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle, blend; fraternize with; throw into confusion," from PIE root *meik- "to mix." Also borrowed in Old English as miscian. Related: Mixed; mixing.
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