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Source: Beekes, Robert. 2010. Etymological Dictionary of Greek. Leiden: Brill.
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Comment: Possibly a folk etymology with φθείρω 'to ruin, destroy' < *dʰgʷʰer-i̯e/o- 'flow away, disappear'. Cf. also Chantraine (1968-1980).