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sapro-(word root) rotten
Examples of words with the root sapro-: saprogenic
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1. Decay; putrefaction; decomposition: saprogenic.
2. Dead or decaying organic material: saprophyte.
[Greek, from sapros, rotten.]
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sapro-or before a vowel
indicating dead or decaying matter: saprogenic; saprolite.
[from Greek sapros rotten]
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a combining form meaning “decay,” “decayed matter”: saprogenic. Also, esp. before a vowel,sapr-.
[< Greek, comb. form of saprós decayed, rotten]
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