disc

\ \ [17] Disc comes ultimately from Greek dískosquoit’, a derivative of the verb dikeinthrow’. This passed into Latin as discus, adopted by English in the 17th century in its original athletic sense. The most salient semantic feature of the discus was perhaps its shape, and it was this that English took over in the form disc (either adapted from Latin or borrowed from French disque). The spelling disk is preferred in American English, and it is the standard form used for ‘disc-shaped computer storage device’. Other English words ultimately derived from Latin discus are dais, desk, and dish.
\ \ Cf.DAIS, DESK, DISH

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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