Origin of crystallo-
Words nearby crystallo-
WORDS THAT USE CRYSTALLO-
What does crystallo- mean?
Crystallo- 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.
What are variants of crystallo-?
When combined with word elements that come from Latin, crystallo- occasionally becomes crystalli-, as in crystalliferous.
Examples of crystallo-
The combining form crystallo- can be found in the term crystallography, meaning “the science dealing with crystallization and the forms and structure of crystals.”
As we know, crystallo- means “crystal.” The second half of the word, -graphy, from the Greek graphia, denotes “a process or form of drawing, writing, representing, recording, describing, etc., or an art or science concerned with such a process.” Essentially, crystallography is the science of crystals.
What are some words that use the combining form crystallo-?
- crystallographic axis
What are some other forms that crystallo- may be commonly confused with?