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Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms Paperback – Sep 1 1960

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mayfield Publishing (Sept. 1 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874840538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874840537
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Donald J. Borror is a professor of entomology at Ohio State University and the author of books, articles, and recordings. With Dwight M. DeLong he is the coauthor of a widely used textbook, An Introduction to the Study of Insects, now in its fourth edition. Dr. Borror has made several records of bird songs and insect sounds. With Richard D. Alexander he recorded The Songs of Insects, one of the Sounds of Nature disks in the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology series.

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This compact, easy-to-use book is a must for any science-related field of study. By using this book, you learn what the parts of scientific words mean. This provides the student/scientist with an explanation of why a structure or organism has a particular name. This understanding keys the person to remember the term more easily, giving the real meaning to the word instead of the word being just being a large group of letters. I have seen students go from, "How am I going to remember that!" to "AH HA! It makes sense!" As I teach, I frequently give the students the meaning of the root words. This book is where I learned it.
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I would broaden the appeal to all scientists and laypeople who are interested in understanding the descriptive meaning of the roots of technical terms, or who may want to coin a new word for whatever deviant purposes may come to mind. As a geologist, I find that mineral names, rock-types, descriptive terms, and fossil names all have interesting roots, but the terms do not appear in most dictionaries, and specialized technical dictionaries often do not indicate word origins. This is a great book.
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I bought this book as a recommended supplement to a college biology class. The professor said that the book would help us to remember all of the words that we needed to memorize because it translates them from gibberish into logical forms. I always keep this book handy now, as it is easy to use and truly interesting. This book should be as common as a dictionary, it is certainly as useful.
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As a beginning grad student in hort in 1972, I was introduced to this book by one of my professors. Among all the books I have collected, this is the one I have used most often. I love plants, and this book of words helps me understand and identify the plants I study, and to recognize their features. I often recommend it to my students. I'm glad it's still in print. It's a real treasure.
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I have worn out 3 copies of this marvelous book. I keep trying to find larger versions ot this book but can find none--regardless of size--that matches Dr. Borrors little volume. This is the Strunk and White for word roots and combining forms. Useful for virtually everyone. A must for anyone even remotely interested in any aspect of science.
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I bought this to help me pick apart the more difficult words and latin names in our Vertebrate Zoology course... this has been the biggest help ever. You can find the meaning of almost any word, and even make your own words up! I use this book about every 3 minutes when I sit down to study, it's great!
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As a medical student, I have found this small but concise dictionary to be an invaluable aid in understanding scientific terminology, most of which is based on Latin word roots. I think most people in the life sciences would find the book a useful adjunct to their bookshelf.
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My science teacher has this book and loves it. A while ago, we studied dinosaurs and I wanted to know what all the names meant. Not only was it helpful, but I had fun looking things up! This book is packed with information and interesting facts. I love to use it!
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