homeopathic (adj.) Look up homeopathic at Dictionary.com
1830, from homeopath + -ic.
homeopathy (n.) Look up homeopathy at Dictionary.com
1830, from German Homöopathie, coined 1824 by German physician Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843) from Greek homoios "like, similar, of the same kind" (see homeo-) + -patheia "disease," also "feeling, emotion" (see -pathy). Greek homoiopathes meant "having like feelings or affections, sympathetic."
homeostasis (n.) Look up homeostasis at Dictionary.com
1926, from homeo- + Greek stasis "standing still" (see stasis). Related: Homeostatic.
homeowner (n.) Look up homeowner at Dictionary.com
also home-owner, 1892, American English, from home (n.) + owner.
Homer Look up Homer at Dictionary.com
traditional name of the supposed author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," from Latin Homerus, from Greek Homeros. It is identical to Greek homeros "a hostage," said to also mean in dialects "blind" (the connecting notion is "going with a companion"). But the name also has been otherwise explained.
homer (n.) Look up homer at Dictionary.com
short for home run, from 1868. It also meant "pigeon trained to fly home from a distance" (1880). As a verb in the baseball sense by 1946. Related: Homered; homering.
Homeric (adj.) Look up Homeric at Dictionary.com
1730, from Homer + -ic. Homerical is from 1570s. Compare Latin Homericus, Greek Homerikos. Homerian (1796) also has been used.
homeroom (n.) Look up homeroom at Dictionary.com
also home-room, 1913 in the U.S. schools sense, from home (n.) + room (n.).
homeschool (v.) Look up homeschool at Dictionary.com
also home-school, by 1989 (implied in homeschooling), from home (n.) + school (v.). Related: Homeschooled.
homesick (adj.) Look up homesick at Dictionary.com
1798, back-formation from homesickness.
homesickness (n.) Look up homesickness at Dictionary.com
1756, translating German Heimweh, from Heim "home" (see home (n.)) + Weh "woe, pain;" the compound is from Swiss dialect, expressing a longing for the mountains, and was introduced to other European languages 17c. by Swiss mercenaries. Also see nostalgia.
homespun (adj.) Look up homespun at Dictionary.com
1590s, "spun at home," from home (n.) + spun. Figurative sense of "plain, homely" is from c. 1600. As a noun, "homemade cloth or clothing," from c. 1600.
homestead (n.) Look up homestead at Dictionary.com
Old English hamstede "home, town, village," from home (n.) + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1690s), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Similar formation in Dutch heemstede, Danish hjemsted.
homestead (v.) Look up homestead at Dictionary.com
1872, American English, from homestead (n.). Homesteader also is from 1872.
hometown (n.) Look up hometown at Dictionary.com
also home-town, 1879, from home (n.) + town.
homeward (adv.) Look up homeward at Dictionary.com
mid-13c., homward "towards home," from Old English ham weard; see home (n.) + -ward. Also Homewards, with adverbial genitive -s (Old English hamweardes). Homeward-bound is from c. 1600, originally of ships.
homework (n.) Look up homework at Dictionary.com
also home-work, 1680s, "work done at home," as opposed to work done in the shop or factory, from home (n.) + work (n.). In sense of "lessons studied at home," it is attested from 1889. To do (one's) homework in figurative sense "be prepared" is from 1934.
homey (adj.) Look up homey at Dictionary.com
"home-like," variant spelling of homy (q.v.).
homicidal (adj.) Look up homicidal at Dictionary.com
1725, from homicide + -al (1), or from Late Latin homicidalis. Related: Homicidally. As an adjective, homicidious is from 1630s.
homicide (n.) Look up homicide at Dictionary.com
"the killing of another person," early 13c., from Old French homicide, from Latin homicidium "manslaughter," from homo "man" (see homunculus) + -cidium "act of killing" (see -cide).

The meaning "person who kills another" (late 14c.) also is from French (homicide), from Latin homicida "a murderer," from homo + -cida "killer." Identical in French and English, the two words differ in Latin and in other languages (for example, Spanish homicida/homicidio).
homie (n.) Look up homie at Dictionary.com
also homey, by 1970s, slang, short for homeboy (q.v.). OED reports the identical word is recorded from the 1920s in New Zealand slang in the sense "recently arrived British immigrant."
homiletic (adj.) Look up homiletic at Dictionary.com
1640s, "of or having to do with sermons," from Late Latin homileticus, from Greek homiletikos "of conversation, affable," from homilia "conversation, discourse," in New Testament, "sermon" (see homily). Related: Homiletical.
homiletics (n.) Look up homiletics at Dictionary.com
"the art of preaching," 1805, from homiletic; also see -ics.
homilist (n.) Look up homilist at Dictionary.com
1610s, from homily + -ist.
homily (n.) Look up homily at Dictionary.com
late 14c., omelye, from Old French omelie "homily" (12c., Modern French homélie), from Church Latin homilia "a homily, sermon," from Greek homilia "conversation, discourse," used in New Testament Greek for "sermon," from homilos "an assembled crowd," from homou "together" (from PIE *somo-, from root *sem- (1) "one, as one, together with;" see same) + ile "troop, band, crowd" (cognate with Sanskrit melah "assembly," Latin miles "soldier"). Latinate form restored in English 16c. A collection of them is a homiliary (1844).
homing (n.) Look up homing at Dictionary.com
"action of going home," 1765, in reference to pigeons, verbal noun from home (v.). Of aircraft, later missiles, from 1923. Homing pigeon attested by 1868.
hominid (n.) Look up hominid at Dictionary.com
"one of the family of mammals represented by man," 1889, from Modern Latin Hominidæ the biological family name (1825), from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) + -id. As an adjective from 1915. Related: Hominine (adj.).
hominiform (adj.) Look up hominiform at Dictionary.com
"of human shape," 1670s, from stem of Latin homo (see homunculus) + -form.
hominivorous (adj.) Look up hominivorous at Dictionary.com
"anthropophagous," 1823, from stem of Latin homo (see homunculus) + -vorous.
hominoid (adj.) Look up hominoid at Dictionary.com
"man-like," 1927, from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) + -oid. As a noun meaning "an animal resembling man," from 1927. Earlier adjective was hominiform "of human shape" (1670s).
hominy (n.) Look up hominy at Dictionary.com
1629, first recorded by Capt. John Smith, probably from Powhatan (Algonquian) uskatahomen, or a similar word, "parched corn," probably literally "that which is ground or beaten." See grits.
homo (n.) Look up homo at Dictionary.com
short for homosexual (n.), attested by 1929, usually contemptuous; as an adjective by 1933.
Homo sapiens (n.) Look up Homo sapiens at Dictionary.com
the genus of human beings, 1802, in William Turton's translation of Linnæus, coined in Modern Latin from Latin homo "man" (technically "male human," but in logical and scholastic writing "human being;" see homunculus) + sapiens, present participle of sapere "be wise" (see sapient).

Homo as the genus of the human race, within the order Primates, was formally instituted in Modern Latin 1758 by Linnaeus (originally also including chimpanzees). Used since in various Latin or pseudo-Latin combinations intended to emphasize some aspect of humanity, as in Henri Bergson's Homo faber "man the tool-maker" (in "L'Evolution Créatrice", 1907).
homo- (1) Look up homo- at Dictionary.com
before vowels hom-, word-forming element meaning "same, the same, equal, like" (opposed to hetero-), from Greek homos "one and the same," also "belonging to two or more jointly," from PIE *somo-, from root *sem- (1) "as one; together with" (see same).
homo- (2) Look up homo- at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "homosexual," abstracted since early 20c. from homosexual, and ultimately identical to homo- (1).
homoerotic (adj.) Look up homoerotic at Dictionary.com
also homo-erotic, 1916, from homo- (2) "homosexual" + erotic. Related: Homoeroticism.
homogamous (adj.) Look up homogamous at Dictionary.com
1811, in botany, from homogamy + -ous. Greek homogamos meant "married to the same wife; having married sisters."
homogamy (n.) Look up homogamy at Dictionary.com
1805, "condition of bearing flowers that do not differ sexually," from homo- (1) "same" + -gamy.
homogeneity (n.) Look up homogeneity at Dictionary.com
1620s, from homogene "of the same kind" (c. 1600), from French homogène (16c.; see homogeneous) + -ity. Or from Medieval Latin homogeneitas.
homogeneous (adj.) Look up homogeneous at Dictionary.com
1640s, from Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenes "of the same kind," from homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + genos "kind, gender, race, stock" (see genus). Earlier in this sense was homogeneal (c. 1600). Related: Homogeneously; homogeneousness.
homogenise (v.) Look up homogenise at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of homogenize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Homogenised; homogenising; homogenisation.
homogenization (n.) Look up homogenization at Dictionary.com
1803 (specifically of milk, 1905); see homogenize + -ation.
homogenize (v.) Look up homogenize at Dictionary.com
"make similar," 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of "render milk uniform in consistency" is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing; homogenizer.
homogenous (adj.) Look up homogenous at Dictionary.com
a spelling of homogeneous that represents a common pronunciation, perhaps by influence of homogenize.
homogeny (n.) Look up homogeny at Dictionary.com
1620s, "uniformity of nature;" by 1856 in biological sense "descent from a common ancestor," from Greek homogeneia "community of origin," from homogene "of the same race or kind" (see homogeneous).
homograph (n.) Look up homograph at Dictionary.com
1810 as a method of signalling, from homo- (1) "same" + -graph "something written." Meaning "a word of identical spelling with another, but of different origin and meaning," is from 1873. Related: Homographic; homography. Greek homographos meant "of the same letters."
homoiousian (adj.) Look up homoiousian at Dictionary.com
1680s, "having a similar nature," from Greek homoiousios "of the same essence," from homos "one and the same" (see homo- (1)) + ousia "essence" (see Parousia). As a noun from 1732 in reference to the followers of the semi-Arian Eusebius, "who maintained that the nature of Christ is similar to, but not the same with, that of the father" [Century Dictionary].
homologize (v.) Look up homologize at Dictionary.com
1733, "be homologous;" 1811, "make homologous;" see homologous + -ize. Related: Homologized; homologizing.
homologous (adj.) Look up homologous at Dictionary.com
"having the same position, value, structure, etc.," 1650s, from Latinized form of Greek homologos "agreeing, of one mind," from homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + logos "relation, reasoning, computation," related to legein "reckon, select, speak" (see lecture (n.)).
homonym (n.) Look up homonym at Dictionary.com
"word pronounced and perhaps spelled the same as another but different in meaning," 1807, from French homonyme and directly from Latin homonymum (Quintilian), from Greek homonymon, neuter of homonymos, from homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + onyma, dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name (n.)). Related: Homonymic.