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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Feb 02, 1999 12:00 am

CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD "MACHINE"

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Post by Jonathon Green » Sat Feb 06, 1999 8:00 am

Greek 'meichanei', itself rooted in 'meichos', a contrivance.
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