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Word parts dictionary; standard and reverse listings of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms, 2d ed.


Word parts dictionary; standard and reverse listings of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms, 2d ed.

Sheehan, Michael J.

McFarland & Co.


286 pages




Now in its second edition, this is a unique reference that leads the reader to details about English words not found in other sources through its focus on the parts that make up a word's meaning. The format of the work remains unchanged in the second edition, but there are now twice as many examples per entry and many more etymologies. As in the first edition, the work is divided into three parts, with the first section containing a dictionary of the English word parts prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and roots, with several examples included for each and notes on origin and original meaning. The subsequent sections contain alphabetical and thematic reverse dictionaries so that readers can look up words and learn the parts they contain. The entry for the word "fence," for example, notes "-phragma" and "phragmo- " when used in combination with other parts, or "sep-" when used as a base. The result is a fascinating resource that will give the reader a new awareness of the possibilities of the English language.

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