mnemonic (adj.): 1753, “aiding the memory, intended to assist the memory;” 1825, “pertaining to the memory,” a back-formation from mnemonics, or from a Latinized form of Greek mnēmonikos “of or pertaining to memory,” from mnēmōn (genitive mnēmonos) “remembering, mindful,” from mnēmē “memory, a remembrance, record, an epitaph; memory as a mental faculty,” from base of mnasthai “remember,” from PIE root *men- (1) “to think.” The noun meaning “mnemonic device” is from 1858.

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