\ \ [OE] Each comes from Old English ǣlc.
\ \ This, brief as it is, was in fact originally a compound adjective; it was descended from West Germanic *aiwō galīkaz, literally ‘ever alike’ (*aiwō is the source of English ayeever’ [12], *galīkaz the source of English alike). ǣlc also formed the second element of an Old English expression, literally ‘ever each’, which has become modern English every.

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

(of two), , (archaic and poetical), , , / (of several),

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