a combining form meaning “face,” used in the names of geometrical solid figures having the form or number of faces specified by the initial element: tetrahedron.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -hedron
< Greek -edron, neuter of -edros having bases, -sided, equivalent to (h)édr(a) seat, face of a geometrical form (see cathedra) + -os adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for -hedron
n combining form
indicating a geometric solid having a specified number of faces or surfacestetrahedron
Derived Forms-hedral, adj combining form
Word Origin for -hedron
from Greek -edron -sided, from hedra seat, base
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