Can You Sort Out These Greek Roots?

 English is a language that has borrowed heavily from other languages, such as Latin, German and Old French. So it is of little surprise that Greek also plays its fair share. Do you know what these Greek roots in English originally meant? Choose the Greek root for the English words we ask about in this quiz.
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Star?"
Astro means Star: Like "Astrologist"
Astro
Bio
Acro
Pyr
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Book"?
Biblio means book, like "Bibliography"
Bio
Astro
Biblio
Anti
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Life"?
Bio means Life, like "Biology"
Bio
Polis
Auto
Gen
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Against?"
Anti means against, like "Antithesis"
Anti
Hiero
Geo
Hemo
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Self?"
Auto means Self, like "Autoimmune"
Bio
Auto
Micro
Biblio
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Sound?"
Phon means Sound, like "Telephone"
Phon
Phob
Pneu
Phil
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "God?"
Theo means God, like "Theology"
Theo
Polis
Phon
Ono
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "City?"
Polis means City, like "Metropolis"
Polis
Techno
Pneu
Phil
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Fire?"
Pyr means Fire, like "Pyromaniac"
Pyr
Techno
Phon
Ideo
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Mind?"
Psyche means Mind, like "Psychologist"
Psyche
Pyr
Techno
Phil
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Air?"
Pneu means air, like "Pneumonia"
Polis
Pneu
Bio
Pyr
 
 
Which of these Greek roots means "Sacred?"
Hiero means sacred, like "Hierarchy"
Hiero
Ideo
Micro
Phil
It's All Greek to You
It may have been a long time since your English lessons, but you should at least know some of the Greek roots we use for so many words today. Greek is a huge part of the English language, along with Old French, Latin, German, and many others. If you're curious and want to learn more about the role Greek plays, please have a look at our answers to learn more about the Greek roots in the English language.
You Know Some Greek!
You did pretty well for yourself. Wonderful to discover you know some of these important Greek roots in the English language. Greek has a major part to play in modern English. Not surprising, considering it was once an international language of science and culture before other languages became the international standard, such as Latin and later - French. Obviously, you know quite a bit about these important roots, but you didn't quite make it to the top scores. Please have a look at our answers to see where you went wrong.
You Are a Greek God!
Do you SPEAK Greek? How do you know these roots so well? You either know Greek or know English really well, so you know where all these words come from. English borrows heavily from many old languages, such as Latin and German as well as Greek and Old French. We're impressed with your amount of knowledge and education. Most people have forgotten these ancient roots, but not you! Congratulations on getting high scores!
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