Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Centrifuge

According to the Merriam-Webster, centrifugue is ''a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing , or for simulating gravitational effects''. The girl in the pic seems to be looking for centrifugation ;-)

According to the Etymology Dictionary,centrifugue derives from Greek centr- (center)
and from Latin -fuge (to put to flight).

Another words with the root centr- are: centralizecentralization and centripetal. Other words with the root -fuge are: calcifuge, vermifuge and refuge.

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