Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Fossilized Term

Definition: 

A fossilized term is a word or root that occurs only as an archaic expression.

Discussion: 

A fossilized term is often an idiom or part of an idiom.

Examples: 

(English)

  • fro in to and fro
  • cob- in cobweb, from archaic cop, meaning ‘spider’
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