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 History of this Word

"penta" is from "pente" (five) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

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

More words with this prefix,
pentoxide
pentatonic

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grammar is modifier

"penta-" is a type of prefix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

penta- illustration Going back now to the pentagon figure, draw in all the diagonals to form the pentagram star:
penta- illustration The choice of the five diverse and unrelated sports that make up the Modern Pentathlon arose out of the romantic, tough adventures of a liaison officer whose horse is brought down in enemy territory.