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imán (2) m. (Noun) magnet
15th cent. Old Spanish aymant; earlier aymante "lodestone." Borrowed from Old French aimant 'id.,' from Vulgar Latin adimante 'id.' From Latin adamantem, accusative of adamas "indestructible," "hard." Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adámas) "steel," "strong metal." First borrowed from a Semitic language (compare Akkadian adamu "important person," Middle Persian almās "steel"), and later re-analyzed via folk etymology as coming from ἀ- (a-) "not" and δαμνᾰ́ειν (damnáein) "to conquer."