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The French gaga meaning ‘a senile person’
The Hebrew root gaʿgūʿīm meaning ‘longings/ feelings of missing ’
From French gager meaning ‘wager’
From Greek gigas meaning ‘giant’
The Latin salamandra meaning ‘salamander’
From the name of the town Salem, in Massachusetts (US)
From the Greek selinon meaning a kind of parsley
The Latin sal meaning ‘to salt’
An acronym of ‘what I know is’
The Hawaiian phrase ‘wiki wiki’ meaning ‘fast’
The Arabic waqafa meaning ‘immobilization’
From Middle Low German wîk meaning ‘town’
From Irish bogach originally from adj. bog ‘soft, moist’
From old French bague meaning ‘pack or bundle’
From the Scottish bogill meaning ‘a ghost or a goblin’
From the Latin baculum meaning ‘a stick’
The Latin manducare meaning ‘to chew’
You can find out more about word etymologies in the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins.
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