What's the Latin word for 'plastic'?

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  • 8 months ago
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    → The word plastic existed long before the first plastic, Parkesine. As early as the 1600’s, plastic was used as a term to relate to something that could be easily molded or shaped. Plastic is derived from the Latin word plasticus and the Greek word plastikos, both meaning ‘able to be molded, pertaining to molding’. Most likely, Greeks used plastikos to describe unhardened versions of clay.

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  • 8 months ago

    The Latin Wikipedia says "plastica" or "materia plastica".

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  • Rain
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    8 months ago

    The Latin word for 'plastic' is plastic.

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  • Zirp
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    8 months ago

    The noun "plastic" ?

    It doesn't exist. The Vatican has decreed that no new words can be added to Latin, so there is no simple equivalent for words like "yes", "no", "mobile phone" or "e-mail" either

    • Lôn
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      8 months agoReport

      What about...Ita and non?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    It is Greek borrowing - Plassein/plastikos which became Plasticus in Latin and from which we get a number of words such as plasma. Basically means capable of being moulded, which is why it was the ideal word for the modern material.

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  • Pontus
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    8 months ago

    Seriously?  Plastic didn't exist in Roman times. No Latin word for plastic. 

    • RE
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      8 months agoReport

      The adjective, Mark.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Plasticus................

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