Origin of dendron
OTHER WORDS FROM dendrondendric, adjective
Other definitions for dendron (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -DENDRON
What does -dendron mean?
The form -dendron comes from the Greek déndron, meaning “tree.” This Greek root was also ultimately borrowed into English as dendron, another term for a dendrite, the treelike branches at the end of neurons, also called nerve cells.
The form -dendron is a variant of dendro-, a corresponding form combined to the beginning of words.
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Examples of -dendron
A rhododendron is “any evergreen or deciduous shrub or tree belonging to the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, having rounded clusters of showy, pink, purple, or white flowers and oval or oblong leaves.”
The first part of the word, rhodo-, means “rose.” As we now know, -dendron means “tree.” So, rhododendron literally translates to “rose tree.” Beautiful—just like the plant!
Rhododendron ultimately comes from a Greek word that uses the equivalent form of -dendron in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form -dendron?
- liriodendron (using the equivalent form -dendron in New Latin)
- philodendron (using the equivalent form of -dendron in Greek)
What are some other forms that –dendron may be commonly confused with?