mega-

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See also: mega, méga, mëga, and méga-

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. Used with taxon names to form other taxon names, usually for a morphologically similar taxon differing only in size

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty), from Proto-Indo-European *meǵh₂s (great). Cognate with Latin magnus, Sanskrit मह (maha, great, massive, large-scale, epic), and with Germanic words: Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌻𐍃 (mikils), Old English micel, Middle English muchel, English much, Old High German mihhil, Old Norse mikill, Danish meget.

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Prefix[edit]

SI prefix
M Previous: kilo-
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mega-

  1. (originally) Very large, great.
  2. In the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by one million (106.) SI Symbol: M.
  3. (computing) Multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 220 (= 1,048,576, the binary number closest to a million). Computing symbol: Mi.
  4. (computing, marketing) Multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 213 × 53 (= 1,024,000, the binary round number closest to a million).
  5. (slang) Really, very, uber-, super-.
    • 2014, Michael Griffo, Starfall (The Darkborn Legacy), New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corporation, →ISBN, page 93–94:
      What?! I'm not sure if I scream that out loud or if my inner voice bounces off the insides of my skull. Why is Archie once again meandering over to Team Nadine? Sounds like I'm not the only one who's mega-confused.

Usage notes[edit]

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  • Because the meaning "220" is in conflict with the meaning "one million" used with SI units, the alternative mebi- has been proposed and promulgated as an international standard, with Mi as its symbol.

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega- (SI system)

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega- (SI system)
  2. (informal) very
    • 2014, Thomas Halling, Mia & Marcus, Lindhardt og Ringhof →ISBN
      Mia var jo megasød.
      Mia was really sweet.
    • 2015, Kjell Eriksson, Natravnen, Klim →ISBN
      Netop derfor, sagde Wolf, – netop fordi det er så stort, så fandens megastort.
      Precisely for that reason, Wolf said, - precisely because it is so large, so damn huge.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty), from Proto-Indo-European *meǵh₂s (great).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeː.ɣaː/
  • (file)

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mega-

  1. mega-

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Pronunciation[edit]

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mega-

  1. mega-

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ ˈmɛɡɒ]
  • Hyphenation: me‧ga

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega- (in the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by one million (106.))

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega- (all senses)

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Further reading[edit]

  • mega- in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti

Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

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mega-

  1. mega-

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

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mega-

  1. mega-

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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Further reading[edit]

  • mega- in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega- (very large, great)
  2. mega- (multiplication factor of one million)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Noun[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • mega- in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk

Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

mẹ̑ga-

  1. mega-

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Further reading[edit]

  • mega-”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great, large, mighty)

Prefix[edit]

mega-

  1. mega-

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • megavat in Turkish dictionaries at Türk Dil Kurumu