Definitions

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  • eight

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix meaning eight. See octo-.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In words of Greek origin, an initial element equivalent to octo-, meaning ‘eight.’

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ὀκτά- (oktá-, "eight"), cf. ὀκτώ.

Examples

  • The distinctive sweet, rich aroma of coconut is created by derivatives of saturated fatty acids called lactones (octa-, deca-, dodeca-, tetradecalactones)—peaches are also flavored by lactones—while roasting generates more generic nutty notes (from pyrazines, pyrroles, furans).

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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