grit

\ \ [OE] Etymologically, grit is ‘something produced by pounding’. Prehistoric Indo- European *ghrēu- denoted ‘rub, pound, crush’, and from it came Germanic *greutamtiny particles of crushed or pounded rock’, hence ‘sand, gravel’. Its modern descendants include English grit and German griessgravel, grit, coarse sand’, and it was also used in the formation of the Old English word for ‘pearl’, meregrot, literally ‘sea-pebble’, an alteration of Latin margarītapearl’. Groatshusked grain’ [OE] comes from the same source.
\ \ The sense ‘determination, resolve’ originated in the USA in the early 19th century, presumably as a metaphorical extension of grit meaning ‘hard sandstone’ (as in millstone grit).
\ \ Cf.GROATS

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