Origin of diplo-
Words nearby diplo-
WORDS THAT USE DIPLO-
What does diplo- mean?
Diplo- comes from Greek diplóos, meaning “twofold” or “double-folded.” Distantly related is Latin duplex, which also literally means “twofold.”
What are variants of diplo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, diplo- becomes dipl-, as in diploid.
Examples of diplo-
One example of a term that features diplo- you may have seen is diplodocus, “a huge herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus, growing to a length of about 87 feet.” Diplodocus comes from the New Latin Diplodocus, which uses the equivalent of the form diplo-.
Dippy was revealed to the public #OTD in 1905 and he became an instant star. Hear from the Diplodocus himself as he shares some of his memorable moments from the Museum Archives. https://t.co/rk6niJ0MlM pic.twitter.com/euLY6n220t
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) May 12, 2018
As we know, diplo- means “double,” while the -docus part of diplodocus means “beam, bar, shaft,” from Greek dokós. Diplodocus literally translates to “double beams,” a reference to the double row of bones in its tail.
What are some words that use the combining form diplo- or dipl-?
- diplophonia (using the equivalent form of diplo- in Latin)
What are some other forms that diplo- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the letters diplo- is necessarily using the combining form diplo- to mean “double.” Diploma and diplomatic are two such examples. Both of these words, as it happens, ultimately come from the same root as diplo-, but they aren’t using diplo- as a combining form. Learn why diploma is a type of document and why diplomatic means “tactful” at our entry for each word.
How to use diplo- in a sentence
She uploaded it to MySpace, and “messaged Diplo every day for two months through MySpace.”Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom|Marlow Stern|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Truth be told, Patrick and Diplo [who hosts SoundClash] were neck and neck in my dream wish list for this show.How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television|Kevin Fallon|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The hyper-nuanced linguistic interpretations of European diplo-speak were absurd.
Instant reactions ranging from the puzzled (New Yorker) to the confused (Diplo).Daft Punk Goes Back to the Future With ‘Random Access Memories’|Tricia Romano|May 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Holbrooke, by contrast, was all bright colors even when forced into diplo-speak.
If none of the foregoing is observed but only diplo- or streptococci, these indicate one-plane division only.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
Diplo-, Greek for double, as Diplostemonous, with two sets of stamens.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
If only two cells cohere, it is called a diplo-coccus (twin-coccus).Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition|H. L. Russell