herpet-

combining form
variants: or herpeto-

Definition of herpet-

1 : reptile or reptiles
  • herpetofauna
  • herpetology
2 : herpes
  • herpetiform
3 : creeping
  • herpetomonas

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Origin and Etymology of herpet-

partly from Greek herpeton animal that goes on all fours, snake, from neuter of herpetos creeping, from herpein to creep; partly from Latin herpet-, herpes herpes (also, a kind of animal, probably a snake), from Greek herpēt-, herpēs; partly from Greek herpetos creeping


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