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a combining form meaning “having parts or units” of the number specified by the initial element, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (duplex; quadruplex); recent English coinages ending in -plex, especially denoting structures with a given number of dwelling units, are probably in part new formations with this suffix and in part based on the noun complex: fourplex; eightplex; Cineplex; Metroplex.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of -plex
<Latin -plex, -plic- (akin to plicāre to fold, bend, plectere to plait, braid; see -fold) + -s nominative singular ending
Words nearby -plex
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Example sentences from the Web for -plex
Yup, it was right there, within that eight-plex apartment building, where the Ebola outbreak in Dallas refused to die.