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 History of this Word

"tera" is from "teras" (monster) 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,
teraflop
teratoid

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grammar is modifier

"tera-" is a type of prefix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

tera- illustration It is the world's first mobile terawatt-class laser.
tera- illustration Much of the recent interest in terahertz radiation stems from its ability to penetrate deep into many organic materials.