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Eu- compounds



The prefix eu- is of Greek, not Latin, origin.  There is a
Greek adverb "eu" meaning "well" (originally the neuter form of
an adjective meaning "good," "brave," or "noble").  In particular
contexts "eu" can mean "thoroughly," "competently," "kindly,"
"fortunately," "happily," etc.  It is often compounded with nouns
or adjectives to indicate abundance, prosperity, or ease (e.g.,
"easily harvested," "easy to find," etc.).  It is a very productive
prefix:  the large Greek-English Lexicon by Liddell & Scott has more
than 35 pages' worth of words beginning in eu-, most of them compounds
with this prefix.  

There's even a Greek adjective "eudeinos," a late spelling for
"eudieinos," meaning "calm," "fine," (e.g. of weather)...it
probably could be applied to lizards, in which case 
Eudinosauria would be "gentle lizards."  Alternatively, since
"euichthys" means "abounding in fish" then Eudinosauria would
mean "abounding in dinosaurs."

        George Pesely        <peselyg@apsu01.apsu.edu>
        Department of History
        Austin Peay State University
        Clarksville, Tennessee 37044  USA