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Inspired by this question What is the meaning of the suffix 'don'?, I wonder if there is an easy on-line reference that would make this a 'general reference' question.

It could easily be on an ESL site or a high school/jr high vocabulary improver site. These are things that just don't appear in dictionaries. I noticed though that there was 1 close vote because of general reference and I thought that this -should be- general reference but I just don't know of an easy way for people who don't know these things to look for them.

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I would think Wikipedia's List of Greek and Latin roots in English would qualify. Of course, the suffix —don doesn't appear to be on that list, but the top-voted answer is for odont which is on the list.

I don't know if that qualifies as general reference: if you didn't know don is the same as odont and aren't an etymologist I'm not sure you'd guess they were similar/identical.

I would however, think it qualifies as general reference based on another answer provided: any self-respecting dictionary is going to provide the origin of the word, and at that point the connection between odont and don would be made clear.

  • good point on the 'look up the word; it'll tell you what the pieces mean' = general reference idea. – Mitch Jul 14 '11 at 20:16
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Though not online, books abound, such as http://www.amazon.com/The-Greek-Latin-Roots-English/dp/1442233273/ref=dp_ob_title_bk.

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