spectro, spect & spec



These ROOT-WORDS are SPEC, SPECT & SPECTRO which mean WATCH, SEE & OBSERVE. They come from the Latin spectare and specto. From a simple SPECTacle we slip into science and space science which employs “out of the world” vocabulary.


1. Spectacle : SPECT acle (spek’ ta k’l) n.

A show; as, a gorgeous spectacle


2. Spectacular : SPECT acular (spek tak; yu lar) adj.

Appealing to the sight; thrilling


3. Spectator : SPECT ator (spec’ tate er) n.

One who looks on; an observer


4. Specter : SPECT er (spek; ter) n.

A disembodied spirit; a ghost


5. Spectral : SPECT ral (spek’ tral) adj.

Relating to a specter; ghostlike


6. Spectrogram : SPECTRO gram (spek’ tro gram) n.

A photograph


7. Spectrum : SPECT rum (spek’ trum) n.

Wavelengths of color, from red to violet; an afterimage


8. Spectroscope : SPECTRO scope (spek’ tro skope) n.

An instrument used to analyze spectra


9. Spectrophone : SPECTRO phone (spek’ tro fone) n.

The science of analyzing spectra


10. Spectrology : SPECTRO logy (spek troll’ o ji) n.

The science of spectrums



11. Spectrohelioscope: SPECTRO helioscope(spek tro he’ li o skope) n.

An instrument for the observation of the sun


12. Spectroheliograph: SPECTRO heliograph (spek tro hee’ li o graf) n.

An instrument which combines use of spectroscope, camera and telescope


13. Spectrometry : SPECTRO metry (spek trom’ e tree) n.

The measuring of wavelengths of rays


14. Spectrophobia : SPECTRO phobia (spek tro foe’ bi a) n.

Fear of ghosts


15. Species : SPES ies (spee’ sheze) n.

Kinds; varieties; types


16. Special : SPE ial (spesh’ ul) adj.

Relating to some particular quality


17. Specialist : SPEC ialist (spesh’ u list) n.

One who is expert in a special activity


18. Specimen : SPE imen (spes’ i men) n.

A sample of a certain kind or thing


19. Specious : SPEC ious (spee’ shus) adj.

Pleasing to the eye but deceptive

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