word-forming element meaning "berry, seed," or something shaped like them, from Latinized form of Greek kokkos "a grain, a seed," especially "kermes-berry, gall of the kermes oak" (actually an insect), which yields scarlet dye, of unknown origin, perhaps from a non-Greek source.

Nearby words

  1. coccidioidoma,
  2. coccidioidomycosis,
  3. coccidiosis,
  4. coccidium,
  5. cocciferous,
  6. coccobacillary,
  7. coccobacillus,
  8. coccoid,
  9. coccolith,
  10. coccus

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper