- a combining form meaning “respiration,” used in the formation of compound words: spirograph.
Origin of spiro-1
combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe
- a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.
Origin of spiro-2
combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil
dum spiro, spero
[doo m spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm spahy-roh, speer-oh]
- while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.
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Examples from the Web for spiro
The first, Spiro Agnew, won in 1966 as the liberal running against a segregationist Democrat.GOP Shocks Democrats in Governor Races
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Bill casually proposes to Hillary as the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew plays in the background.Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More
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Aaron Burr and Richard Cheney (Spiro Agnew's peccadilloes are miniscule in comparison), some two centuries apart.A Tale of Two Vice Presidents
May 31, 2009
Is Sarah Palin morphing from Spiro Agnew to the new Nixon before our eyes?Journalists, Please Take Your Ritalin!
November 17, 2008
"The head of Spiro," thought Miles and Ward with sinking hearts.
Spiro—for it was indeed he—regarded them with pitiless eyes.
During the present life he was hoping for it, "Dum Spiro, Spero."
I will not kill myself because then I should go to hell-fire, but Spiro can do it very well.
Spiro knew, no doubt, but she could not demean herself to inquire of a servant.
- indicating breath or respirationspirograph
from Latin spīrāre to breathe
- spiral; coilspirochaete
from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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- Spiral; coil; coil-shaped:spirillar.
- Breath; breathing;spirograph.
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