mutate


mutate
\ \ [19] Semantically, mutate is probably the most direct English descendant of the Indo- European base *moi-, *mei- ‘change, exchange’, which has also given English mad, meanunworthy, ignoble’, municipal, mutual [15] (from Latin mūtuusexchanged, reciprocal’), the final syllable of common, and probably migrate [17]. Mutate itself comes from Latin mūtārechange’ (source also of English mews and moult), and was preceded into English by some centuries by the derivatives mutable [14] and mutation [14].
\ \ Cf.MEWS, MOULT, MUTUAL

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.