octa-

octa-

a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek and Latin, where it meant “eight” (octagon; octastyle ), on this model, used in the formation of compound words, and in chemical terms specialized to mean “having eight atoms” (octavalent ).
Also, oct-, octo-.


Origin:
< Greek okta-, combining form of oktṓ eight

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octa-
 
combining form
a variant of octo-

octo-, (before a vowel) octa- or (before a vowel) oct-
 
combining form
eight: octosyllabic; octagon
 
[from Latin octo, Greek okto]
 
octa-, (before a vowel) octa- or (before a vowel) oct-
 
combining form
 
[from Latin octo, Greek okto]
 
oct-, (before a vowel) octa- or (before a vowel) oct-
 
combining form
 
[from Latin octo, Greek okto]

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octa-
prefix meaning "eight," from L. octo, Gk. okto-, cognate with Skt. asta, Goth. ahtau, O.E. eahta (see eight).
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