OTHER WORDS FROM spermousmul·ti·sper·mous, adjective
Other definitions for spermous (2 of 2)
Origin of -spermous
WORDS THAT USE -SPERMOUS
What does -spermous mean?
The form -spermous ultimately comes from the Greek spérma, meaning “sperm” or “seed.” This root is combined with the suffix -ous, from the Latin -ōsus, meaning “possessing, full of” a given quality.
What are variants of –spermous?
The related form -sperm is used for nouns instead of adjectives.
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Examples of -spermous
One example of a term from botany that features the combining form -spermous is dispermous, meaning “having two seeds.”
The combining form di- has a variety of meanings, including “two.” As we know, -spermous means “one who has seeds,” and dispermous literally translates to “one who has two seeds.”
What are some words that use the combining form –spermous?
- gymnospermous (using the equivalent form of -spermous in Greek)
- monospermous (using the equivalent form of -spermous in Latin)
What are some other forms that -spermous may be commonly confused with?