PRONUNCIATION: (math-uh-MAT-i-kuhl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to mathematics.
2. Absolute or certain.
3. Possible, but highly improbable.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathematikos, from mathema (learning, science), from manthanein (to learn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mendh- (to learn), which also gave us chrestomathy, philomath, and opsimath. Earliest documented use: 1475.

MATHEMAGICAL - unexpected number tricks

MATHEMARTICAL - shopping for bargains

MYTHEMATICAL - the scientific study of the goings-on at Asgard, Olympus, Mt Moru, etc.