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English words derived from Greek

Quiz about English words which come from Greek words

  1. Richard Owen coined which word in 1841 from the Greek words for "terrible" and "lizard"?
  2. Which word derives from two Greek words meaning 'drawing with light'?
  3. Which English word derives from a Latinized form of the Ancient Greek meaning "circle of little animals"?
  4. Which element was named after the Greek word for green?

  5. The name of which flowering plants derives from the Greek word literally meaning "testicle"?
  6. In Greek mythology which woman's name means "all gifts"?
  7. Which celestial body has a name which literally means "long-haired star"?
  8. Which typographical symbol derives from the Greek for "little star"?
  9. Which common expression is derived from Greek mythology and describes an ability to succeed at anything one undertakes or touches?
  10. Which musical instrument's name comes from the Greek words for "wood" and "sound"?
  11. Which English word is made up of the two Greek words for "time" and "observer" but actually meaning "observing the hour"?
  12. The brand name of which well known drink comes from the word meaning digestion because its creator actually believed the drink helped with digestion?


  1. Dinosaur
  2. Photography
  3. Zodiac
  4. Chlorine
  5. Orchids
  6. Pandora
  7. Comet
  8. Asterisk
  9. Having the Midas touch
  10. Xylophone
  11. Horoscope
  12. Pepsi