Origin of acantho-
Words nearby acantho-
WORDS THAT USE ACANTHO-
What does acantho- mean?
The form acantho– comes from Greek ákantha, meaning “thorn” or “thorny plant,” which is a compound of akḗ, “point,” and ánthos, “flower.” Find out how acantho– is related to acme, the highest point, and anthology, a collection of writing, at our entry for each word.
What are variants of acantho-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, acantho– becomes acanth-, as in acanthoid.
Examples of acantho-
One example of a scientific term that features the form acantho– is acanthology, “the study of spines, as in sea urchins or certain spiny-headed worms.”
We know acantho– means “spine,” and the –logy portion of the word refers to “science,” as in a body of knowledge, from Greek logía. Acanthology literally translates to “study of spines.”
What are some words that use the combining form acantho– or acanth-?
What are some other forms that acantho– or acanth– may be commonly confused with?