My goal is pretty much simple nonetheless challenging; I'm going to try and find as many English words as possible that are Greek. Challenge accepted. And trust me, there's a lot of them.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Eco... - Economy, Ecology, Ecotourism, Ecosystem

All words starting with the prefix Eco- are Greek. Eco- comes from Ancient Greek οἶκος, oikos, which means house, household. A few examples are:


Economy. From Ancient Greek οἰκονομία, oikonomia, management of a household, administration. From οἶκος, oikos + νόμος, nomos, law. Effective management of the resources of a community or system.
Derived or related words: economic, economical, economist, economize, economically  etc.

Ecology. From Ancient Greek οἰκολογία. From οἶκος, oikos + -λογία, -logia, study of something. The branch of biology dealing with the relationships of organisms with their environment and with each other.

Derived or related words: ecologic, ecological, ecologist, ecologically.


Ecotourism. From οἶκος, oikos + tourism. Responsible travel to natural areas supporting the fauna, flora, and local economy.

Ecosystem. From οἶκος, oikos +  σύστημα, sustēma,, organised whole, body. From σύν, syn, with, together + ἵστημι, histēmi, I stand. A system formed by an ecological community and its environment that functions as a unit. 
Derived or related words: ecosystemic.

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