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Encyclopedia > Hybrid word

Etymologically, a hybrid word is a word that has one part derived from one language and another part derived from a different language. Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... A word is a unit of language that carries meaning and consists of one or more morphemes. ...

The most common form of hybrid word in English is one which etymologically has both Latin and Greek parts. Since many prefixes and suffixes in English have Latin or Greek etymology, it is straightforward to tack a prefix or a suffix from one language onto an English word that comes from a different language, thus creating a hybrid word. This mixing of etymology is considered by some to be bad form, but others consider that, since both (or all) parts have entered the English lexicon, it is a simple conflation of two (or more) English words to make a new English word that connotes some thing that these parts clearly indicate, regardless of the history of its parts, and so is well constituted. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Look up prefix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Suffix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In logic, the error of treating two distinct concepts as if they were one. ...

Some examples of hybrid words are listed below:

  • Automobile - a wheeled passenger vehicle, from Greek άυτο~ (auto) "self~" and Latin mobilis "moveable"
  • Bigamous - from the Latin bis meaning "twice" and the Greek (gamos)
  • Dysfunction - from the Greek (dus) meaning "bad" and the Latin functio
  • Electrocution — a portmanteau of electricity, from the Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron), "amber", and execution, from the Latin exsequere, "follow out"
  • Hexadecimal - from the Greek (hex) meaning "six" and the Latin decimus meaning "tenth"
  • Homosexual — from the Greek ὁμός (homos) meaning "same" and the Latin sexus meaning "gender"
  • Hyperactive — from the Greek ὑπέρ (hyper) meaning "over" and the Latin activus
  • Hypercomplex
  • Hypercorrection - from the Greek (hyper) meaning "over" and the Latin correctio
  • Hyperextension - from the Greek (hyper) meaning "over" and the Latin extensio meaning "stretching out"
  • Hypervisor - from the Greek (hyper) meaning "over" and the Latin visor meaning "seer"
  • Macroinstruction - from the Greek (makros) meaning "long" and the Latin instructio
  • Mega-annum — from the Greek μέγας (megas), "million", and the Latin annum, "year"
  • Metadata - from the Greek (meta) and the Latin data meaning "given"
  • Monolingual — from the Greek μόνος (monos) meaning "one" and the Latin lingua meaning "tongue"
  • Mormon — It was alleged by Joseph Smith[citation needed] that Mormon comes from the English "more" and the Reformed Egyptian mon meaning "good".
  • Neonate — from the Greek νέος (neos), "new", and the Latin natus, "birth"
  • Nonagon - from the Latin nonus meaning "ninth" and the Greek (gonon) meaning "angle"
  • Periglacial - from the Greek (peri) and the Latin glacialis
  • Polyamory — from the Greek πολύς (polys) meaning "many" and the Latin amor meaning "love"
  • Quadriplegia
  • Sociology — from the Latin socius, "comrade", and the Greek λόγος (logos) meaning "word", "reason", "discourse"
  • Sociopath from the Latin socius and the Greek pathes
  • Television — from the Greek τῆλε (tēle) meaning "far" and the Latin videre meaning "to see"

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Loads of useful articles and resources about Hybrid | Hybrid Planet (1746 words)
The reason behind this is that hybrid cars do not depend mainly on fuel for it to have power, but it also makes use of electricity that results to a smaller amount of fuel consumption and less emitted air pollution.
The hybrid car was created due to the result of the demand and clamor to clean the environment from pollutions and for the need to rely less on fuel.
Hybrid cars have smaller engines than the regular gasoline cars since the power is obtained form two sources, so the smaller engines are closer to the normal power necessity of engines that will give an efficient performance.
Hybrid Summary (5862 words)
Hybridization is generally defined as the interbreeding of individuals from two populations or groups of populations that are distinguishable on the basis of one or more heritable characters.
Hybrids between different genera are sometimes known as intergeneric hybrids.
Plant hybrids, especially, are often stronger than either parent variety, a phenomenon which when present is known as hybrid vigour (heterosis) or heterozygote advantage.
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