Thursday, February 25, 2016

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Asterisk


According to the WordRefference dictionary, an asterisk is "the figure of a star (*) used to mark a hypothetical or reconstructed form that is not attested in a text or inscription".

According to the Etymology dictionary, asterisk comes from the Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asterikos "little star", diminutive of aster "star".


Other words referring to aster- are: Asteroid, Asterism and Aster.

You can see the use of the word asterisk in this article.


Written by: Iván de la Fuente 3º ESO A




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