Definitions

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  • suffix something that breaks or destroys.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek κλαστός (klastos, "broken"), verbal adjective of κλάω (klaō, "to break").

Examples

  • Other less-common -clast words include mythoclast (someone who destroys myths), genuclast (a medical instrument for breaking knee-joint adhesions) and bioclast (a piece of shell or a fossil in a sedimentary rock).

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