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Word Origins & Histories

dwell

bef. 900; ME dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, OE dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder

refuge

1350–1400;  ME < MF < L refugium, equiv. to refug ( ere ) to turn and flee, run away ( re- re- + fugere to flee; see fugitive) + -ium -ium

labyrinth

1540–50;  < L labyrinthus < Gk labýrinthos; r. earlier laborynt < ML laborintus, L, as above