Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11


Let’s jump on today’s bandwagon from the perspective of words. Two words—one Greek, one Latin—have influenced some words in English that bear the meaning eleven, In Greek, it was hendeca; in Latin, undecim. Both are the equivalent of 10 + 1.

  • hendecachord: a series or scale of eleven notes.
  • hendecacolic: consisting of eleven cola.
  • hendecagon: a plane figure having eleven sides and eleven angles.
  • hendecagynous: having eleven pistils.
  • hendecahedron: a solid figure contained by eleven faces.
  • hendecandrous: having eleven stamens.
  • hendecaphyllous: (of a leaf) consisting of eleven leaflets.
  • hendecarchy: government by eleven persons.
  • hendecameter: an 11 syllable line written with a trochee followed by a dactyl and 3 trochees in that order.
  • hendecasemic: (prosody) of the value of eleven moræ or units of time.
  • hendecad: a period of eleven years used to adjust the ancient calendar.
  • hendecathlon: an athletic event that requires proficiency in 11 different sports.
  • undecagon: a plane figure having eleven sides and angles.
  • undecennary: given, occurring, or observed every eleventh year, or once in every eleven years.
  • undecimal: characterized in some way by the number eleven.
  • undecimarticulate: having eleven sections.
  • undecimvir: The body of eleven magistrates in ancient Athens.
  • undenary: having a base of eleven.
  • undectet: an eleven-piece band.
  • undecuple: multiplied by eleven.
  • undecennary: given, occurring, or observed every eleventh year, or once in every eleven years.


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