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else O.E. elles "other, otherwise, different," from P.Gmc. *aljaz (Cf. Goth. aljis "other," O.H.G. eli-lenti, O.E. el-lende, both meaning "in a foreign land;" see also ALSACE (Cf. Alsace)), an adverbial genitive of the neuter of PIE root *al- "beyond" (Cf. Gk. allos "other," L. alius; see ALIAS (Cf. alias)). Synonym of OTHER (Cf. other), the nuances of usage are often arbitrary.
Productive of a number of handy compounds that somehow never got traction or have been suffered to fall from use: elsehow (1660s) "somehow or other;" elsewards (adv.), 1882, "somewhere else;" Old English elsewhat (pron.) " something else, anything else;" elsewhen (adv.), early 15c., "at another time; elsewhence (c.1600); elsewho (1540s). Among the survivors are ELSEWHERE (Cf. elsewhere), ELSEWISE (Cf. elsewise).

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