before vowels psil-, word-forming element meaning "stripped, bare," from Greek psilos "bare, naked; mere," perhaps akin to psen "to rub," and both or either perhaps from PIE root *bhes- "to rub" (cf. Greek psamathos "sand;" see sand (n.)).

Nearby words

  1. psia,
  2. psid,
  3. psig,
  4. psilanthropic,
  5. psilanthropism,
  6. psilocin,
  7. psilocybin,
  8. psilomelane,
  9. psilosis,
  10. psilotic

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper