mass

mass
\ \ English has two distinct words mass. The one meaning ‘Eucharist’ [OE] comes from late Latin missa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of mitteresend’ (source of English admit, commit, dismiss, mission, etc) possibly arising from Ite, missa estGo, it is the dismissal’, the last words of the Latin Eucharist service. Massamount of matter’ [14] comes via Old French masse and Latin massa from Greek mazabarley cake’, hence ‘lump, mass’. The derivative massive [15] goes back ultimately to Vulgar Latin *massīceus. A possible relative is massage [19], a borrowing from French. It was a derivative of massermassage’, which may have been acquired from Portuguese amassarknead’, a verb based on massamass, dough’.
\ \ Cf.ADMIT, COMMIT, DISMISS, MISSION, TRANSMIT; MASSAGE, MASSIVE

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