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Carpo

[kahr-poh]
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noun
  1. an ancient Greek goddess of summer fruit, considered by Athenians as one of the Horae.
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carpo-1

  1. a combining form meaning “fruit,” “fruiting body,” used in the formation of compound words: carpophore; carpogonium.
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Origin of carpo-1

< Greek karpo-, combining form of karpós fruit

carpo-2

  1. a combining form meaning “wrist,” used in the formation of compound words: carpometacarpal.
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Origin of carpo-2

From the Greek word karpós wrist
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Historical Examples

  • It may perhaps not be superfluous here to observe that one must not confound carpa and carpo, or our carp, with carpio.

    A History of Inventions, Discoveries, and Origins, Volume II (of 2)

    Johann Beckman


British Dictionary definitions for carpo

carpo-1

combining form
  1. (in botany) indicating fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into part of the fruitcarpophore; carpogonium
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Word Origin

from Greek karpos fruit

carpo-2

combining form
  1. carpus or carpal bonescarpometacarpus
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Word Origin and History for carpo

carpo-

1

word-forming element meaning "fruit," from Latinized form of Greek karpo-, comb. form of karpos "fruit" (see carpel).

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carpo-

2

word-forming element meaning "wrist," from comb. form of Latin carpus, from Greek karpos "wrist" (see carpus).

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