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word-forming element meaning "like, like that of, thing like a ______," from Latinized form of Greek -oeides, from eidos "form," related to idein "to see," eidenai "to know;" literally "to see," from PIE *weid-es-, from root *weid- "to see, to know" (see vision). The -o- is connective or a stem vowel from the previous element.
Resembling; one that resembles: cancroid.
A suffix meaning "like" or "resembling," as in ellipsoid, a geometric solid that resembles an ellipse.
[fr the scientific suffix -oid, fr Greek -oeides, ultimately fr eidos, ''image, form''; dictionaries list over 1,800 -oid compounds, most of which date from the 1700s and 1800s]