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.
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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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