Greek Root: Geometry
by Marsha Anema
(Castle Rock, CO USA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
The prefix GEO means earth. So, in the word Geometry
does it mean measure the earth?
You are right exactly. The Greek root geo
means earth. It occurs in words such as geography and geothermal. The Greek root metron
means measure. So the suffix -metry
denotes the process of measuring.
See the English derivatives chronometry
(the measure of time) and symmetry
(having the same size and form).
Thanks for asking a Latin Teacher!
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