-nasty


a combining form with the meaning “nastic pressure,” of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element: hyponasty.

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Origin of -nasty

< Greek nast(ós) pressed close (see nastic) + -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for -nasty

-nasty

n combining form

indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulusnyctinasty

Derived forms of -nasty

-nastic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -nasty

from Greek nastos pressed down, close-pressed
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