a combining form meaning “one turned toward” that specified by the initial element (heliotrope); also occurring in concrete nouns that correspond to abstract nouns ending in -tropy or -tropism: allotrope.

Nearby words

  1. -tricha,
  2. -trichous,
  3. -tripsy,
  4. -trix,
  5. -tron,
  6. -troph,
  7. -trophic,
  8. -trophy,
  9. -tropic,
  10. -tropism

Origin of -trope

< Greek -tropos; see trope, tropo-

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British Dictionary definitions for -trope


n combining form

indicating a turning towards, development in the direction of, or affinity toheliotrope

Word Origin for -trope

from Greek tropos a turn

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Word Origin and History for -trope


word-forming element meaning "that which turns," from Greek tropos (see trope).

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