[ ok-tuh-hee-druh n ]
/ ˌɒk təˈhi drən /

noun, plural oc·ta·he·drons, oc·ta·he·dra [ok-tuh-hee-druh] /ˌɒk təˈhi drə/.

a solid figure having eight faces.

Origin of octahedron

1560–70; < Greek oktáedron eight-sided (neuter of oktáedros), equivalent to okta- octa- + -edron -hedron
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British Dictionary definitions for octahedron


/ (ˌɒktəˈhiːdrən) /

noun plural -drons or -dra (-drə)

a solid figure having eight plane faces
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Word Origin and History for octahedron



1560s, from Greek oktahedron, neuter of oktahedros "eight-sided," from okta- "eight" (see octa-) + hedra "seat" (see sedentary). Related: Octahedral.

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Science definitions for octahedron


[ ŏk′tə-hēdrən ]

Plural octahedrons octahedra

A polyhedron that has eight faces.
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