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 History of this Word

"hemi" spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, this is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"hemi-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "half" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

hemi- illustration Calcium sulfate hemihydrate is more commonly known either as Plaster of Paris.
hemi- illustration The progression of the year in the Southern Hemisphere has the shortest day in June and the longest in December.