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 History of this Word

"sapro" is from "sapros" (rotten) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


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

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grammar is modifier

"sapro-" is a type of prefix


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

Examples of how the word is used

sapro- illustration Some species are saprophytic, living in association with fungi that aid in the uptake of water and nutrients.
sapro- illustration Saprolite is also called "rotten granite".