- a combining form meaning “ten,” used in the formation of compound words: decapod.
Also especially before a vowel, dec-.
Origin of deca-
< Greek deka-, combining form of déka ten; cognate with Latin decem
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deka-, before a vowel dec- or dek-
- denoting ten: decagon . In conjunction with scientific units the symbol da is used
from Greek deka
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Word Origin and History for deca-
before a vowel, dec-, word-forming element meaning "ten," from Latinized comb. form of Greek deka "ten" (see ten). In the metric system, "multiplied by ten;" while deci- means "divided by ten."
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- A prefix that means ten, as in decahedron, a polygon having ten faces.
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