Origin of sesqui-
Words nearby sesqui-
WORDS THAT USE SESQUI-
What does sesqui- mean?
Sesqui– comes from Latin and is equivalent to sēmis, meaning “half-unit,” and –que, a suffix meaning “and.” The Greek cognate of sēmis is hēmi-, meaning “half,” which is the source of terms such as hemisphere. To learn more, check out our Words That Use article on the combining form hemi-.
Examples of sesqui-
One example of a technical term that uses sesqui– is sesquicentennial, “pertaining to or marking the completion of a period of 150 years.”
The sesqui– part of the word means “one and a half,” as we know. The word centennial may also seem familiar; it means “pertaining to a period of 100 years.” Sesquicentennial literally translates to “pertaining to a period of 150 years.”
What are some words that use the combining form sesqui-?
- sesquipedalian (using the equivalent form of sesqui– in Latin)
What are some other forms that sesqui– may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
Sesquipedalian means “given to using long words.” The suffix –pedalian means roughly “measuring a foot.” Given the meaning of sesqui-, what does sesquipedalian literally translate to?
How to use sesqui- in a sentence
At length it was discovered that sesqui-sulphide of phosphorus would make just as good matches and was harmless.Makers of Many Things|Eva March Tappan
We may, for example, differentiate in this way the alkaline bicarbonates from the sesqui-carbonates or the carbonates.The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
Float the paper on a solution of the sesqui-chloride of iron.Photography in the Studio and in the Field|Edward M. Estabrooke
Sesqui-, Latin for one and a half; so Sesquipedalis, a foot and a half long.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray