Other Word Forms of Diatom
Origin of Diatom
New Latin diatoma from Greek diatomos cut in half from diatemnein to cut in half dia- dia- temnein to cut tem- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek διά (dia, “through”) + τέμνειν (temnein, “to cut”), i.e., "cut in half"
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