Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Odometer

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary of English odometer is an instrument for measuring the distance traveled; for example a odometer you use when running (like in this pic.)

According to the Etymology Online Dictionary odometer it comes from Greek hodos ''way'' + meter (from metron "measure").

Other words with these roots are: meter, telemeter and symmetry (with meter). Or electrode, diode and exodus (with hodos).


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