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\ \ [13] Like art, arm, and arthritis, article goes back to an Indo-European root *ar-, which meant ‘put things together, join, fit’. Amongst its derivatives was Latin artusjoint’ (a form parallel to Greek árthron, source of arthritis), of which the diminutive was articulussmall joint’.
\ \ This was extended metaphorically to mean ‘division, part’, and when the word first entered English, via Old French article, it was used for a particular clause of a treaty, of a contract, or specifically of the Creed. Its application to an ‘item, thing’ is a comparatively late development, from the start of the 19th century.
\ \ A Latin derivative of articulus, the verb articulāredivide into joints’, hence ‘speak distinctly’, gave rise to English articulate [16].
\ \ Cf.ARM, ART, ARTHRITIS

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