a suffix of nouns, appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “like”; used in the formation of compound words: phyllode.
Compare -oid.

< Greek -ōdēs, probably generalized from adjectives describing smells, as kēṓdēs smelling like incense; base ōd- of ózein to smell, give off odor

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a combining form meaning “way,” “road,” used in the formation of compound words: anode; electrode.

< Greek -odos, combining form of hodós

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n combining form
denoting resemblance: nematode
[from Greek -ōdēs, from eidos shape, form]

n combining form
denoting a path or way: electrode
[from Greek -odos, from hodos a way]

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-ode suff.
Way; path: electrode.

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