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-fuge(word root) away from
Examples of words with the root -fuge: centrifuge
One that expels or drives away: vermifuge.
[French, from New Latin -fugus, driving away, fleeing, from Latin, fleeing (from fugere, to flee) and from Latin fugāre, to drive away (from fuga, flight).]
n combining form
indicating an agent or substance that expels or drives away: vermifuge.
[from Latin fugāre to expel, put to flight]
-fugal adj combining form
a combining form meaning “something that repels or drives away” the thing specified by the initial element: vermifuge.
[< French < Latin -fugus, derivative of fugāre to drive away]