Words nearby lign-
WORDS THAT USE LIGN-
What does lign- mean?
Lign– comes from Latin lignum, meaning “wood.” A Greek translation is hȳ́lē, meaning “wood” or “matter,” as in the substance of the universe, source of the combining form hylo–. Another Greek-based combining form meaning “wood” is xylo–. To learn more, check out our Words That Use article on the forms.
What are variants of lign-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a consonant, lign– becomes ligni–, as in lignify, or ligno–, as in lignocaine. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on ligni– and ligno-.
Examples of lign-
One scientific term that features the form lign– is lignin, “an organic substance that, with cellulose, forms the chief part of woody tissue.”
Lign– means “wood,” as we have already seen. The second part of the word, –in, is used to denote chemicals. Lignin literally means “wood chemical.”
What are some words that use the combining form lign-?
- ligneous (using the equivalent form of lign– in Latin)
- lignum (using the equivalent form of lign– in Latin)
- lignum vitae (using the equivalent form of lign– in Latin)
What are some other forms that lign– may be commonly confused with?