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Definition for crystall- (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE CRYSTALL-
What does crystall- mean?
Crystall- comes from the Greek krýstallos, meaning “clear ice, rock crystal,” source of the word crystal, as you may have guessed.
But did you guess the following? The Greek krýstallos is related to krýos, meaning “ice cold” or “frost” and source of the combining form cryo-. Learn more in our Words That Use cryo- article.
Crystall- is a variant of crystallo-, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Another variant of crystallo- is crystalli-, as in crystalliferous.
Examples of crystall-
You may be familiar with the word crystallize, which means “to form into crystals.” By metaphorical extension, crystallize is also a verb meaning “to give definite or concrete form to” something, as in crystallizing idea.
The first part of the word, crystall-, means “crystal.” The second part of the word, the suffix -ize, is used to form verbs, including with the general sense of “to render, make.” So, crystallize literally translates “to make (into) crystals.”
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Example sentences from the Web for crystall-
And from her cleare and crystall eyes The teares gusht out apace, Which like the silver-pearled dewe Ranne downe her comely face.A Book of Ballads, Volume 1|Various
For the most part it resembleth Crystall: which is the reason that some hath tearmed it the root of Crystall.On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth|William Gilbert of Colchester