Discussion in 'Suomi (Finnish)' started by esise, Feb 13, 2014.
Can anyone give me the etymology of this word? For those who doesn't know, it means "silicon".
From Proto-Uralic *pije. Meanings of cognates in different Uralic languages include: stone, flint, glass, ore, mountain. Possibly related to pii "tooth, prong" from PU *piŋe.
Cool, then pii is a bit like a calque, because the word "silicon" came from "silicium", the name proposed by the English chemist Humphry Davy, which comes from the Latin "silex", so I've read.
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