Words nearby metall-
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WORDS THAT USE METALL-
What does metall- mean?
The form metall- comes from Greek métallon, meaning “metal, mine, quarry.” Yes, quarry! Discover why at our entry for metal.
What are variants of metall-?
The form metall- is a variant of metallo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. A rare variant of metall- is metalli-, as in metalliferous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for both metalli- and metallo-.
Examples of metall-
A scientific term that features the form metall- is metalloid, “a nonmetal that in combination with a metal forms an alloy.” The word metalloid can also be used as an adjective to mean “resembling both a metal and a nonmetal.”
The metall- part of the word means “metal,” while the suffix -oid means “resembling” or “like.” Metalloid literally translates to “resembling metal” or “metal-like.”
What are some words that use the combining form metall-?
- metallic (using the equivalent form of metall- in Greek)
- metalline (using the equivalent form of metall- in Latin)
What are some other forms that metall- may be commonly confused with?
How to use metall- in a sentence
Cotgrave has—'Lame; f. a thin plate of any metall; also, a blade.'Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
Howe be it Nature hath not framed euery creature of one metall, ne yet Minerua infused lyke brayne into euery head.The Palace of Pleasure|William Painter
As to his father's ignorance and clownery, 'twas as good metall in the oare which wants excoriating and refineing.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)|John Aubrey
About his arme he ware an hounds collar set full of S S of gold, and the tirets likewise being of the same metall.Chronicles (3 of 6): Historie of England (1 of 9)|Raphaell Holinshed