\ \ [14] Greek léthē meant ‘oblivion’ (the Romans used it for the name of a river in Hades whose water induced forgetfulness, and its influence has also been traced in changing Latin lētumdeath’ to lēthum, source of English lethal [17]). From it was formed the adjective léthargos, which in turn produced the noun lēthargíā, source (via Latin and Old French) of English lethargy.

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