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-ode1

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  1. a suffix of nouns, appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “like”; used in the formation of compound words: phyllode.
Compare -oid.

Origin of -ode1

< Greek -ōdēs, probably generalized from adjectives describing smells, as kēṓdēs smelling like incense; base ōd- of ózein to smell, give off odor

-ode2

  1. a combining form meaning “way,” “road,” used in the formation of compound words: anode; electrode.

Origin of -ode2

< Greek -odos, combining form of hodós
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British Dictionary definitions for -ode

-ode1

n combining form
  1. denoting resemblancenematode

Word Origin

from Greek -ōdēs, from eidos shape, form

-ode2

n combining form
  1. denoting a path or wayelectrode

Word Origin

from Greek -odos, from hodos a way
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-ode in Medicine

-ode

suff.
  1. Way; path:electrode.
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