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[OE] Old English impe meant ‘new shoot, sapling’. Its ultimate source was medieval Latin impotus ‘graft’, a borrowing from Greek émphutos, which itself was an adjective derived from the verb emphúein ‘implant’. In the early Middle English period it began to be transferred from plants to people, carrying its connotations of ‘newness’ or ‘youth’ with it, so that by the 14th century it had come to mean ‘child’. And in the 16th century, in a development similar to that which produced the now obsolete sense of limb ‘naughty child’, it was applied to ‘mischievous children, children of the Devil’, and hence to ‘mischievous or evil spirits’.
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   The word was originally used for a young shoot or sapling, and only in medieval times for a young child. It represents Old English impa, 'bud,' 'graft,' referring to a shoot that is grafted into an existing plant or tree. A young child is thus regarded as being 'grafted' into a particular family.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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