How Well Do You Know Your Greek and Latin Roots?

By: Isadora Teich
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How Well Do You Know Your Greek and Latin Roots?
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About This Quiz

English can be a confusing language to get right, because it has roots in so many other languages. See if you can tell which words have Latin roots and which words have Greek roots with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
The word dominate has _____ roots.
Greek
Latin
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"Dominus" means "master" in Latin. It is from the root "domin-" that English words like "Dominant" and "Dominion" come.

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The word narrator comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "narr" comes from the Latin verb "narrare," which means "to tell." It can be seen in the English words "narrator" and "narrative."

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Does the word homogeneous have Greek roots?
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No
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The root "hom" meaning "same" comes from the Greek "homos." This is why something that is homogeneous is the same throughout.

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The word academic has _______ roots.
Greek
Latin
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Words like "academic" and "academia" come from the Greek root word "Ἀκάδημος" or "Akademos." This was the name of a Greek hero and word linked to the site where Plato gave his lectures.

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The word monogamy has Greek roots: True or false?
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False
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The Greek root of "monogamy" is "gam," which comes from the Greek word "gamos." This word is related to weddings and marriage. You can also see this root in "polygamy."

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Which language does the word dementia have roots in?
Greek
Latin
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The root "ment" comes from the Latin "mens," which means mind. English words like "mental" and "dementia" share this root.

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Innovate comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "nov" comes from the Latin "novus." It means "new."

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The word feline has ___________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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The Latin "feles" and "felis" mean cat. The English word "feline" has its root in these words.

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The word geology has Greek roots: True or false?
True
False
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The roots "ge" and "geo" come from the Greek words for earth "ge" and "gaia." "Geology" means "the study of the earth."

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The word mortality comes from:
Latin
Greek
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The root "mort," meaning death, comes from the Latin "mortis." It can be seen in words like "mortality" and "mortician."

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The word abnormal has ________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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Wrong Answer

The prefix "ab" comes from a Latin root meaning "away from." This is why abnormal means "not normal."

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The word fume has Latin roots: True or false?
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False
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"Fumus" is Latin for smoke. English words like "fume" and "fumigation" are derived from it.

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The word candle has _________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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The root "cand" means "glowing" or "iridescent" in Latin. This is why we have words like "candle" and "incandescent," which describes something that emits light due to being heated.

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Pacifist comes from:
Latin
Greek
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The root "pac" comes from the Latin words "pax" and "pacis." It means peace.

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The word biology has ________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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In Greek, "bios" means life. Biology is the study of life and living organisms.

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The word grammar has Greek roots: True or false.
True
False
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The root "gramm" means letter or writing. It can be seen in the Greek "grammatikos."

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Does the word heterosexual have Greek roots?
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No
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The root "heter" which means "different" or "other" comes from the Greek "Heteros." Someone who is heterosexual is attracted to those of the opposite sex.

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The word rebellion has ____________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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The roots "bell" and "belli" mean war in Latin. This is where the word "rebellion" comes from.

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Does the word ignite have Latin roots?
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No
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The latin "ignis" means fire. The English words "ignite" and "ignition" are derived from it.

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The word immigrant comes from:
Greek
Latin
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Wrong Answer

The root "migr" comes from the Latin verb "migrare" which means "to wander." It can be seen in English words likes "immagrant" and "migrate."

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Does the word lactate have Latin roots?
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No
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The Latin word "lac" means milk. It is where the English words "lactate" and "lactose" come from.

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Which language does the word legal come from?
Greek
Latin
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The root "leg," meaning "law," comes from the Latin words "lex" and "legis." It is from this root that words like "legal" and "legislation" come.

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Which language does the word magnet come from?
Greek
Latin
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"Magnet" is derived from the greek "magentos." English words like "magnetic" and "magnetism" come from this root.

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The word decade has _________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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"Dec" comes from the Greek "deka" which means "ten." A decade is a period of time ten years long.

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Which language does the word malice come from?
Greek
Latin
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The root "mal," meaning "bad," comes from the Latin word "malice." English words like "malady" and "malice" are derived from this root.

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Which language does the word submarine have roots in?
Greek
Latin
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This word has its roots in the Latin "mare," which means sea. Words like "marina" and "mariner" share this root.

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Obnoxious comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "nox" comes from the Latin "noxa." It means harm.

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Which language does the word microbe have roots in?
Latin
Greek
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The root "micr" comes from the Greek "micros," which means "small." The English words "microscope" and "microbe" share this root.

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Nautical comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "naut" means "ship." It comes from the Greek "naus" and "nautes."

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The word "necrotic" comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "necr" comes the Greek "nekros." It means dead.

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The word exotic has __________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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"Exo" means "outside" in Greek. The English word "exotic" meaning "from a foreign or outside country" comes from this Greek root.

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Orthodontist comes from:
Greek
Latin
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The root "odont" comes from the Greek "odontos." It means tooth.

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The word inhale has Latin roots: True or false.
True
False
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The root "hal," meaning "breathe," can be seen in the Latin words "halare" and "halatus." The English words "inhale" and "exhale" are derived from it.

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Does the word labor have Latin roots?
Yes
No
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The Latin word "labor" means work. It's where English words like "labor" and "collaborate" come from.

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The word captive has _________ roots.
Greek
Latin
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The root "cap" means hold or take in Latin. This is why in English there are words like "captive" and "capture."

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