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lepto-(word root) slender
Examples of words with the root lepto-: leptophyllous
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Slender; thin; fine: leptocephalus.
[Greek, from leptos, fine, thin, from lepein, to peel.]
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lepto-or before a vowel
fine, slender, or slight: leptosome.
[from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel]
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a combining form meaning “thin,” “fine,” “slight”: leptotene.
[< Greek, comb. form of leptós, orig. v. adj. of lépein to peel, rip, dehusk; compare lemma2]
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