Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

areo-

The planet Mars.

[Greek Ares, the war god equivalent to the Roman god Mars after whom the planet is named.]

Most terms containing areo- are direct equivalents to ones in geo- that relate to Earth. Several are late nineteenth-century coinages resulting from increased interest in the planet by astronomers: areographer, a person who studies the surface features of Mars; areology, the science of the physical structure of the planet. Others are relatively recent inventions resulting from exploration of the planet by space probes or deriving from science fiction: areosynchronous refers to a spacecraft in orbit around Mars that stays above the same spot on its surface, and areobotany is the study of (hypothetical) Martian vegetation, its areoflora.

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