- a combining form meaning “oblique,” used in the formation of compound words: plagioclase.
Origin of plagio-
combining form representing Greek plágios slanting, sideways, equivalent to plág(os) side + -ios adj. suffix
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- slanting, inclining, or obliqueplagiotropism
from Greek plagios, from plagos side
Word Origin and History for plagio-
before vowels plagi-, word-forming element meaning "slanting, oblique," from comb. form of Greek plagios "oblique, slanting," from plagos "side," from PIE *plag- "flat, spread," from *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).
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- Slanting; inclining:plagiocephaly.
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