- a combining form meaning “fruit,” “fruiting body,” used in the formation of compound words: carpophore; carpogonium.
Origin of carpo-1
< Greek karpo-, combining form of karpós fruit
- a combining form meaning “wrist,” used in the formation of compound words: carpometacarpal.
Origin of carpo-2
From the Greek word karpós wrist
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- (in botany) indicating fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into part of the fruitcarpophore; carpogonium
Word Origin for carpo-
from Greek karpos fruit
- carpus or carpal bonescarpometacarpus
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Word Origin and History for carpo-
word-forming element meaning "fruit," from Latinized form of Greek karpo-, comb. form of karpos "fruit" (see carpel).
word-forming element meaning "wrist," from comb. form of Latin carpus, from Greek karpos "wrist" (see carpus).
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