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Paleontology
study of past geological eras through fossil remains
paleo- ancient
paleoethnic
relating to the earliest races of man
paleo- ancient
paleography
study of ancient writings
paleo- ancient
paleology
study of antiquities
paleo- ancient
paleogenetic
of past origin
paleo- ancient
pact
a treaty
pac- peace
pacifist
person opposed to war or violence between nations
pac- peace
pacific
calm, peaceful
pac- peace
panorama
broad view, comprehensive picture
pan- all, every
orama- view
pantheon
all the gods of a people, group of highly regarded person
pan- all, every
the- god
panoply
impressive array
pan- all, every
opl- weapon
y- noun
pandemic
spread over a whole area
pan- all, every
par
equality of status or value
par- equal
apartheid
a system of discrimination based on race that formerly existed in South Africa
par- equal
paradisiacal
heavenly, wonderful
para- beyond, related, alongsides
paragon
model of excellence
para- beyond, related, alongsides
patronage
support of a sponsor or benefactor, as for a cause or an institution
patr- father
patrimony
inheritance of heritage derived from one's father
patr- father
pedant
uninspired, boring academic who makes a display of his or her learning
ped- child
ant- person
pedantic
showing off learning
ped- child
ant- person
pedodontics
dentistry dealing with the treatment of children's teeth
pedo- child
dont- teeth
pedate
having feet
ped- foot
ate- adj
pedometer
a device that measures distance by the number of steps of a walker
pedo- foot
meter- measure
podiatry
the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the foot
pod- foot
pulsate
beat, to vibrate
puls- drive, urge
repulse
drive back, repel
re- back
pulse- drive, urge
peregrinate
wander through
per- through, completely
percutaneous
effecting something through the skin
per- through, completely
periosteal
around a bone
peri- around, near
peripatetic
moving about or from place to place
peri- around, near
patet- walk
ic- adj
perihelion
the point in orbit nearest the Sun
peri- around, near
heli- sun
on- noun
perigee
the point in orbit nearest Earth
peri- around, near
gee- earth
periphrasis
circumlocution
peri- around, near
phrase- speak
petulant
contemptuous, peevish
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance
pet- seek, request, assail
petitio principli
begging the question
pet- seek, request, assail
philhelline
lover of things Greek
phil- love, fondness, preference
philtre
love potion
phil- love, fondness, preference
arachnophobia
abnormal fear of spiders
agoraphobia
fear of places that are public or open
phototaxis
growth directed by light
photo- light
physiolatry
worship of nature
physio- nature
physiognomy
divination of character from a person's face
physio- nature
picturesque
of a picture, quaintly attractive
picture
esque- in the manner of
placate
lessen another's answer, pacify
plac- please
implacable
inflexible, incapable of being appeased
im- not
plac- please
able- adj
complacent
self-satisfied
com- thoroughly
plac- please
ent- adj
metropolitan
relating to a major city
metro- mother, major
polit- city, state, citizen
an- adj, noun
cosmopolitan
common to the whole world
cosmo- universe
polit- city, state, citizen
an- adj, noun
polity
political organization of a state
polit- state
polyglot
speaker of many language
poly- many
glot- language, tongue
repose
place, to lay down
re- again
pose- place, put
populace
the masses, crowd, people
popul- the people
populous
containing many inhabitants
popul- the people
ous- adj
portage
the act of transporting or carrying
port- carry, gate
age- noun
portfolio
case to carry papers
port- carry, gate
folio- 對摺紙
posterity
future generations, all of a person's descendants
post- after, behind
posthumous
after a person's death
post- after, behind
humous- ground
post factum
after the event
post- after, behind
preclude
make possible in advance
pre- before, earlier
clude- shut
precept
principle, law
pre- before, earlier
cept- take
precedent
a model for something that follows
pre- before, earlier
prehensile
able to grasp
prehens- seize, grasp
prima facie
at first sight, on the face of it
prim- before, first
primapara
a woman having her first child
prim- first, before
primeval
ancient, primitive
prim- before, first
ev- age
primordial
original existing from the beginning
prim- before, first
ordinal- beginning
primogeniture
state of being the eldest child
prim- before, first
pro re nata
for an emergency (for the thing born)
pro- in favor of
prodigy
highly gifted child, marvel
pro- in favor of
proclivity
tendency, inclination
pro- in favor of
protogenic
formed at the beginning
proto- first, earliest
protomorphic
primitive
proto- first, earliest
protoplast
an original ancestor
proto- first, earliest
plast- something formed
protolithis
relating to the first stone age
proto- first, earliest
lith- stone
pseudopsia
an optical illusion
pseudo- false
pseudodox
false doctrine
pseudo- false
pseudocyesis
false pregnancy
pseudo- false
psychedelic
mind- expanding
psych- mind
punctilious
strictly attentive to small details of form in conduct
punct- point, prick
punctilio
a fine point of etiquette
punct- point, prick
putative
supposed
putat- think, calculate
repute
consider, suppose
re- against
pute- think, calculate