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época f. (Noun) "epoch"
17th cent. Borrowed from Medieval Latin epocha 'id.,' itself borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐποχή ‎(epokhé) "pause." From the verb ἐπέχειν (epékhein) "to hold back." From ἐπῐ́ ‎(epí) "upon" (of the same etymology as o- (2) "toward") and ἔχειν (ekhein) "to grip" (Mycenaean e-ke). ἔχειν derives from Proto-Indo-European *seǵh- "to hold."
Indo-European
Celtic
Gaulish sego "victory," first element in names like Sego-vellauni, Sego-marus, Sego-vax, Old Irish seg "power"
Germanic
Gothic sigis "victory," Old Norse sigr 'id.,' Old High German sigi 'id.,' Old Saxon sigi-drihten "God" (but literally 'victory-lord'), Old English sigor
Indo-Iranian
Sanskrit sáhate "is overpowered," Avestan hazah- "force"
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