Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Herbicide

According to Encyclopedia Britannica herbicide is "an agent, usually chemical, for killing or inhibiting the growth of unwanted plants". For example, this quimical herbicide.

Herbicide: derives from Latin herb meaning " green crops, grass"+ bi "life" and -cide" kill, killer".

Other words with the prefix herb- are: herbivore, herbivorous, herbal .Other words with the suffix cide- are: biocide , genocide, homicide.


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