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Origin of octad

1835–45; < Greek oktad- (stem of oktás) group of eight, equivalent to okt- oct- + -ad -ad1
Related formsoc·tad·ic, adjective
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Related Words for octad

octave, octad, octet, octagon

British Dictionary definitions for octad


  1. a group or series of eight
  2. chem an element or group with a valency of eight
Derived Formsoctadic, adjective

Word Origin for octad

C19: from Greek oktās, from oktō eight
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