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baI o d greI d bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: subject to decomposition by the action of living organisms such as bacteria.
Paper is biodegradable waste, but aluminum is not.
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adverb + (adj.)biodegradable completely, currently, easily, environmentally, fully, totally
(adj.)biodegradable + noun adhesive, amount, bag, bamboo, box, brand, carpet, carton, cell, cleaner, cleaning, cleanser, collagen, compost, condom, container, cornstarch, decoy, detergent, device, diaper, diesel, dish, dye, electricity, enzyme, escape, fabric, fiber, film, food, formula, fraction, friendly, fuel, garbage, grease, ingredient, input, label, landfill, laundry, liner, manufacturer, manufacturing, market, material, ozone, packaging, packing, paint, panel, paper, peanut, plastic, plate, polyester, polymer, pot, pound, powder, product, researcher, resin, scaffold, shroud, soap, straw, stripper, substance, suture, switch, take-out, term, toilet, trap, trash, use, utensil, vaccine, waste, water [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: biodegradability (n.)
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The word biodegradable contains the following parts:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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