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English Words from Our Greek Word

This month's Greek word
  • pentacle  (a five-pointed star formed by five straight lines connecting the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon in the completed figure)

  • pentad  (a group of five)

  • pentadactyl  (having five fingers or toes on each hand or foot)

  • pentagon  (a polygon having five sides and five interior angles)

  • pentagram  (a five-pointed star formed by five straight lines connecting the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon in the completed figure)

  • pentahedron  (a solid having five plane faces)

  • pentameter  (a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet)

  • pentapeptide  (a polypeptide composed of five amino acids)

  • pentaploid  (having five haploid sets of chromosomes)

  • pentarchy  (government by five rulers)

  • pentastich  (a poem or stanza having five lines)

  • Pentateuch  (the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures)

  • pentathlon  (an athletic contest in which each participant competes in five track and field events, usually sprinting, hurdling, long jumping, and discus and javelin throwing)

  • pentatonic  (of or using only five tones, especially the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth tones of a diatonic scale)

  • pentavalent  (having a valence of five)

  • pentoxide  (a compound having five atoms of oxygen combined with another element or radical)

Definitions are taken from:

The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright Ā© 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.

http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (30 Sep. 2006).

English-Word Information: Word Info about English Vocabulary (wordinfo.info).