The Origin, Meaning, and Development of the Latin Verb Matizare


Stover, Justin A. 2011. “The Origin, Meaning, And Development Of The Latin Verb Matizare.” Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi 69.


Behind the modern Spanish words matiz and matizar, and their cognates in Portuguese and Catalan, lies a curious Medieval Latin verb, matizare. Using new manuscript evidence, the paper critiques the currently accepted etymology of this word, from Gr. lammatizein, and proposes instead a derivation from L. haematites, while offering a new model for the word's semantic development from the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries.