Posted by Adam Quinan on April 06, 2020 at 17:59:59 user Adam.
In Reply to: Re: LATIN posted by Jon on April 06, 2020 at 10:21:37:
Amicable comes from the Latin amicus meaning a friend, so the etymology while plausible is not correct. Amita migrated through old French and Middle English and morphed into aunt.
Avunculus in Latin originally meant only the maternal side uncle but it has been absorbed into English to mean all uncle like behaviour whether from a relation or not.
Materteral is the far less widely known word meaning aunt like behaviour, again from the Latin word for the maternal aunt matertera.
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