sesqui-


a combining form meaning “one and a half,” used in the formation of compound words: sesquicentennial.

Nearby words

  1. sesame oil,
  2. sesamoid,
  3. sesh,
  4. sesostris i,
  5. sesotho,
  6. sesquialtera,
  7. sesquicarbonate,
  8. sesquicentennial,
  9. sesquihydrate,
  10. sesquioxide

Origin of sesqui-

< Latin sēsqui- < *sēm(i)sque, equivalent to sēmis half-unit, semis + -que and (cognate with Greek té, Sanskrit ca, Gothic -uh)

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British Dictionary definitions for sesqui-

sesqui-

prefix

indicating one and a halfsesquicentennial
(in a chemical compound) indicating a ratio of two to threesesquioxide

Word Origin for sesqui-

from Latin, contraction of semi- + as as ² + -que and

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Word Origin and History for sesqui-

sesqui-

word-forming element, from Latin sesqui- "one-half more," contraction of *semis-que- "a half in addition," from semis "a half" (see semi-) + -que "and," from PIE *kwe-.

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