Words nearby -spermal
WORDS THAT USE -SPERMAL
What does -spermal mean?
The form -spermal ultimately comes from Greek spérma, meaning “sperm” or “seed.” This form in English is combined with the suffix -al, from Latin ālis, meaning “pertaining to.”
What are variants of -spermal?
The related form -sperm is used for nouns instead of adjectives.
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Examples of -spermal
One example of a term from botany that features the combining form -spermal is angiospermal, “of or relating to a plant having its seeds enclosed in an ovary.” Orchids, pea plants, and grass are all examples of angiosperms.
The angio- portion of the word means “vessel” or “container.” As we know, the form -spermal means “of or relating to one who has seeds.” Angiospermal literally translates to “having seeds (in a) vessel.”
What are some words that use the combining form -spermal?
- endospermal (using the equivalent form of -sperm in French)
- gymnospermal (using the equivalent form of -sperm in Latin)
- pteridospermal (using the equivalent form of -sperm in Latin)
What are some other forms that -sperm may be commonly confused with?