a combining form meaning “ten,” used in the names of metric units which are ten times the size of the unit denoted by the base word: dekaliter.Also especially before a vowel, dek-.
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Origin of deka-
< Greek deka-, combining form of déka ten
Words nearby deka-
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variants of deca-
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