a combining form meaning “wine,” used in the formation of compound words: viniculture.



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Also vin-, vino- .

Origin of vini-

From Latin vīni-, combining form of vīnum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020


What does vini- mean?

Vini- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “wine.” It is used in a few scientific terms connected to wine-making.

Vino- comes from the Latin vīnum, meaning “wine.” The English word wine also ultimately comes from the Latin vīnum.

What are variants of vini-?

Vino-, as in vinometer, is a variant of vini-. . Vin- is another variant, especially before a vowel.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use vino- and Words That Use vin- articles.

Examples of vini-

One word you may have heard that features vini- is viniculture, meaning “the science or study of making wines.”

As we already know, vini- means “wine.” The second part of viniculture, -culture, might rightfully make you think of civilization and things like art or language. But in the case of viniculture, culture refers to growing and cultivating (think agriculture). Viniculture breaks down to “wine growing.”

What are some words that use the combining form vini-?

What are some other forms that vini- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -fication means “(act of) making.” Based on the meaning of vini-, what is vinification?

British Dictionary definitions for vini-


before a vowel vin-

combining form

indicating wineviniculture

Word Origin for vini-

from Latin vīnum
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