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variant of branchio- before a vowel.

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WORDS THAT USE BRANCHI-

What does branchi- mean?

Branchi- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “gills.” It is used in some scientific terms.

Branchi- comes from the Greek bránchia, meaning “gills,” plural of bránchion, “fin.” Bránchia is also the source of the English word branchia, meaning “gill.” Learn more at our entry for the word.

Branchi- is a variant of branchio-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use branchio- article.

Examples of branchi-

An example of a term from biology that features the combining form branchi- is branchiform, “shaped like a gill.”

As we have seen, the first part of the word, branchi-, means “gill.” The second part of the word, -form, is a combining form meaning “having the form of,” as you may have guessed. Branchiform literally translates to “gill-formed.”

What are some words that use the combining form branchi-?

What are some other forms that branchi- may be commonly confused with?

While they share the letters branchi-, the word branching and the combining form branchi- are not related. Find out where branch comes from at our entry for this word.

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Based on the meaning branchi-, what does the adjective branchial mean?

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