Late 15th cent. Borrowed from French pastel 'id.,' itself borrowed from Italian pastello "dough." Taken from Medieval Latin pastellum 'id.,' from Latin pasta "paste" (see pasta).
29 November 2017 - Update 2.3
Information from the Appendix Probi added. Cognates from Anatolian languages (Hittite, Luwian, Palaic, etc...) and Messapian were checked for accuracy. Material from Trask and Mitxelena on the Basque language was added, though much of their vast scholastic output remains unprocessed. Behind-the-scenes, we updated several security features.
24 November 2017 - Update 2.2
Over 300 lemmata added. We had been working on these words and affixes for over a month. We lovingly call this update the "auto"-update because we finally added all of the words beginning with the suffix auto- "self."
17 October 2017 - Update 2.1
Over 200 lemmata added and 22 new sources consulted. While those numbers reflect a great deal of work, the majority of our labor was spent on revising already-existing material: every entry received a much-needed re-formatting; erroneous cognates were corrected; and writing was edited for grammar and tone.
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