necro-


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necro-

(word root) dead body
Examples of words with the root necro-: necrophilia
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necro-

or necr-
pref.
1. Dead body; corpse: necrophilia.
2. Death: necrobiosis.

[Greek nekro-, from nekros, corpse; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]
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necro-

or before a vowel

necr-

combining form
indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissue: necrology; necrophagous; necrosis.
[from Greek nekros corpse]
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necro-

a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue”: necrology. Also, esp. before a vowel,necr-.
[< Greek nekro-, comb. form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead]
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References in classic literature ?
But it never occurred to one of them to reflect that if I was such a wonderful necro- mancer as I was pretending to be, I ought not to need salves or instructions, or charms against enchantments, and, least of all, arms and armor, on a foray of any kind -- even against fire-spouting dragons, and devils hot from perdition, let alone such poor adversaries as these I was after, these commonplace ogres of the back settlements.
He mocked creatives as necro- mancers and shamans who "believe in ghosts" and "listen to voodoo drums, whisper magic incantations, and mix in their potions eye of newt and toe of frog."