ancillary (adj.) 1660s, "subservient, subordinate," from L. ancillaris "relating to maidservants," dim. of ancilla "handmaid," fem. diminutive of anculus "servant," lit. "he who bustles about," from root of ambi- "about" (see AMBI- (Cf. ambi-)) + PIE *kwol-o-, from root *kwel- "move round, turn about, be much about" (see CYCLE (Cf. cycle) (n.)).

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