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Origin of mega-
WORDS THAT USE MEGA-
What does mega- mean?
In science, mega- is specifically used as a prefix in units of measure equaling a factor of “one million.” It’s abbreviation is M. So, a megawatt (MW) is one million watts.
Mega- comes from the Greek mégas, meaning “large” or “great.”
What are variants of mega-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, mega- becomes meg-, as in megohm.
Examples of mega-
A word you may have encountered that features the combining form mega- is megalith, “a stone of great size, especially in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or menhirs.” Some of the most well-known megaliths in the world can be found at Stonehenge.
The mega- part of the word means “large,” as we know. The second part of the word, -lith, means “stone,” from the Greek líthos. Megalith literally translates to “large stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form mega-?
What are some other forms that mega- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters mega- or meg- is necessarily using the combining form mega- to denote “large,” e.g., megillah, megilp, or megass. Learn where these words come from and what they mean at our entries.