Gneiss′oid, having some of the characters of gneiss; Gneiss′ose, having the structure of gneiss.
Elephant′ine, pertaining to an elephant: like an elephant: very large or ungainly; Elephant′oid, elephant-like.
Thallog′enous, belonging to the thallogens; Thall′oid, Thall′ose, resembling a thallus.
Hyoid, hī′oid, adj. having the form of the Greek letter upsilon (υ), applied to a bone at the base of the tongue.
Filament′ary, Filament′ose; Filament′oid, like a filament; Filament′ous, thread-like.
Oblate′ness, flatness at the poles; Oblate′-spher′oid, a spherical body flattened at the poles.
Varicell′ar, pertaining to varicella; Varicell′oid, resembling varicella.
He has thrown off his oid nature, his past history is buried, he aspires to immortality.
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]