Sunday, December 12, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Binocular

According to Encyclopedia Britannica binocular is an "optical instrument,  usually handheld,for providing a magnified stereoscopic view of distant objects, consisting of two similar telescopes,one for each eye,mounted on a single frame". For example, this binocular.

Binocular derives from Latin bini meaning "two by two, two apiece" + ocularis "of the eye" from oculus "eye".

Other words with the prefix bi- are: biannualbicameral, bicycle. Other words with the root oculus are: intraocular, oculist or monocular.



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