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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-opsis

Observation or perception; likeness.

[Greek opsis, sight, appearance.]

A figurative example formed in Greek is synopsis (from sun-, together), a brief summary or general survey of something. Examples formed in English are varied but not especially common: stereopsis (Greek stereos, solid), the perception of depth produced by the reception in the brain of visual stimuli from both eyes in combination; thanatopsis (Greek thanatos, death), a view or contemplation of death. The ending appears in several names for plants to indicate a resemblance: coreopsis (Greek koris, a bug, because of the bug-like shape of the seed), a plant of the daisy family; meconopsis (Greek mēkōn, poppy), a Eurasian poppy-like plant which is sometimes grown as an ornamental; ampelopsis (Greek ampelos, vine), a bushy climbing plant of the vine family.

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