Origin of -tropous
Words nearby -tropous
WORDS THAT USE -TROPOUS
What does -tropous mean?
The form -tropous comes from the Greek suffix –tropos, meaning “pertaining to a turn.” This suffix is based on trópos, “turn,” and tropḗ, “a turning.”
Closely related to -tropous is -tropic. The combining forms -tropy and -tropism are used to form abstract nouns from concrete nouns using -tropous and -tropic. Corresponding forms of -tropous combined to the beginning of words are tropo- and trop-. Learn more about their specific applications of our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Examples of -tropous
An example of a scientific term that features -tropous is orthotropous, a term used in botany to describe an ovule that grows straight and symmetrically.
The first portion of the word, ortho-, means “straight, upright.” As we know, the second part of the word, -tropous, means “turned.” Orthotropous literally translates to “turned upright.”
What are some words that use the combining form -tropous?
What are some other forms that -tropous may be commonly confused with?
Keep in mind that -ous is a suffix used to form a great many words in English, from stupendous to stannous. While it is related to the -ous in -tomous, -ous in these words—as well as a multitude of others, from nervous to glorious—is not indicating “cut” or “divided.” Learn more at our entry for -ous.