a combining form meaning “wedge,” used in the formation of compound words: sphenography.
Also especially before a vowel, sphen-.
Origin of spheno-
< New Latin < Greek sphḗn wedge + -o- -o-
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before a vowel sphen-
having the shape of a wedgesphenogram
Word Origin for spheno-
from Greek sphēn wedge
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word-forming element meaning "wedge," from comb. form of Greek sphen "wedge," probably cognate with Old Norse spann "splinter," Old English spon "chip of wood" (see spoon (n.)).
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