Words nearby octo-
WORDS THAT USE OCTO-
What does octo- mean?
Octo- comes from te Greek oktṓ, meaning “eight.” The Latin equivalent, which is almost identical in spelling and pronunciation, is octō.
What are variants of octo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, octo- becomes oct-, as in octane. Another variant of octo- is octa-, as in octastyle. Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both oct- and octa-.
Examples of octo-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features octo- is octopus, an animal “having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.” Octopus comes from Greek oktṓpous, which uses the equivalent of the form octo-.
The octo- portion of the word means “eight,” but the -pus part means “footed,” from Greek poús. Octopus literally translates to “eight-footed.”
What are some words that use the combining form octo-?
- octogenarian (using the equivalent form of octo- in Latin)
- octonary (using the equivalent form of octo- in Latin)
- octosyllable (using the equivalent form of octo- in Latin)
What are some other forms that octo- may be commonly confused with?
How to use octo- in a sentence
Sarisberiensis policraticum, sive de nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum, libri octo.The Private Diary of Dr. John Dee|John Dee
Erat enim hc femina maritata, viginti quatuor annos nata, qu filium pepererat quem vidi ipse, octo jam annos natum.Buffon's Natural History, Volume III (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
An example of this occurs on a copy of Whittington, De octo partibus orationis, London, 1521.Royal English Bookbindings|Cyril Davenport
The "Confessio" is written in octo-syllabic couplets, with four accents.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
In 1647 he published the treatise De vita, moribus, et doctrina Epicuri libri octo.