English translation (word)
English translation (etymon)
ὡς γὰρ παρὰ τὸ πατήρ πάτρη, μήτηρ μήτρη, ποιμήν ποίμνη, οὕτως λιμήν λίμνη. οἱ δὲ παρὰ τὸ λίαν μένειν
As from patēr comes patrē, from mētēr mētrē, from poimēn poimnē, so from limēn "harbour" comes limnē "pool of standing water". But for others, it comes from "to stay" (menein) very much (lian)
The word is correctly analyzed as a derivative of λιμήν "harbor". This derivational explanation is found only here. An alternative etymology is provided, which in fine amounts to the same, since λιμήν was also etymologized as a compound λίαν + μένω.