- a combining form meaning “six,” used in the formation of compound words: hexapartite.
Also especially before a vowel, hex-.
Origin of hexa-
combining form representing Greek héx six
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before a vowel hex-
- sixhexachord; hexameter
Word Origin for hexa-
from Greek, from hex six
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before vowels, hex-, word-forming element meaning "six," from Greek hexa-, comb. form of hex "six" (see six).
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- Containing six atoms, molecules, or groups:hexose.
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