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

Citation:

Stover, Justin A. 2011. The Origin, Meaning, and Development of the Latin Verb Matizare. Archivum latinitatis medii aevi 69.

Abstract:

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.