Origin of plagio-
Words nearby plagio-
WORDS THAT USE PLAGIO-
What does plagio- mean?
Plagio- comes from the Greek plágios, meaning “slanting” or “sideways.” The Greek plágios is also the source of plage, “a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.” More people might know the ultimate Spanish derivative of this Greek root: playa, meaning “beach.”
What are variants of plagio-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, plagio- becomes plagi-, as in plagihedral.
Examples of plagio-
One example of a medical term that features the combining form plagio- is plagiocephaly, “a deformity of the skull in which one side is more developed in the front, and the other side is more developed in the rear.” This condition is also known as flat head syndrome.
The first part of the word, plagio- means “slanted,” as we know. What about the -cephaly portion of the word? It means “having a head” of a specified kind. Plagiocephaly literally translates to “having a slanted head.”
What are some words that use the combining form plagio-?
What are some other forms that plagio- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters plagi- is necessarily using the combining form plagio- to denote “oblique” or “slanted,” e.g., plagiarism. Learn about the history and meaning of plagiarism at our entry for the word.