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a combining form meaning “wind”: anemograph.
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Origin of anemo-

<Greek, combining form of ánemos; cognate with Latin animus breath; akin to Sanskrit anilas
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What does anemo- mean?

Anemo– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “wind.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in meteorology.

Anemo– comes from Greek ánemos, meaning “wind.” You may recognize this root in the name of the plant anemone, which literally translates to “daughter of the wind.”

The Latin translation of ánemos is ventus, also meaning “wind,” which is the source of terms such as vent and ventilation. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.

Examples of anemo-

One example of a meteorological term that features the form anemo– is anemometry, “the science of measuring the speed of wind.”

We know anemo– means “wind,” so the metry portion of the word? That’s right, –metry refers to “the process of measuring,” from the Greek metria. Anemometry literally translates to “the process of measuring wind.”

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The combining form logy is used to name areas of study or branches of science. With this in mind, what does anemology mean?

How to use anemo- in a sentence

  • During the absence of the party I had been busy erecting a stand for the anemo-biagraph.

British Dictionary definitions for anemo-


combining form
indicating windanemometer; anemophilous

Word Origin for anemo-

from Greek anemos wind
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