Studying Root Words: More Pokemon, Their Roots, and Related Words

As promised, here is a continuation of my list of Pokemon that are useful for vocabulary study!

  • Tyrogue contains the words “rogue,” a dishonest or unprincipled person, and “tyro,” which may relate to the word “tyrant,” a cruel and oppressive ruler.Very hairy.
    • Related Words: tyrant, tyrannical, tycoon, typhoon, tyrannosaurus, tyronic, tyro, rogue
  • Piloswine uses the words “Pilose,” which means covered in hair and “swine,” which is another word for pig
    • Related Words: pilose, swine
  • Banette combines the words “bane,” which refers to a person or thing that ruins or destroys, or “ban,” to prohibit, and “marionette,” which refers to a type of puppet. It may perhaps sounds similar to the weapon, “bayonet.”
    • Related Words: bane, banality, banish, bandit, contraband, wolfsbane, marionette

  • Vivillon may come from the root “viv,” “vivi,” and “vit,” which refer to “life” or “alive,” and “papillon,” the French word for “butterfly”
    • Related Words: vivacious, vivify, revive, revitalize, survival, vivid, vivisection, vivipary, viva la vida, convivial, vitamin, vitals, vitalize, vitality, vital
  • Torterra combines the words “tortoise” and “terra,” the Latin word for “ground” or “earth”
    • Related Words: subterranean, terrain, territory, terrarium, terrace, terraform, extraterrestrial, mediterranean, terra cotta

Think: sun.

  • Helioptile and Heliolisk may relate to the Greek word for “sun,” “helios,” “heliophile,” referring to a creature attracted to sunlight, the word “reptile,” and a lizard called a “basilisk”
    • Related Words: heliocentric, heliochrome, heliodon, helidor, heliofungal, heliograph, heliod, heliolatry, heliology, heliophilious, heliophobic, helioscope, heliosis, heliotherapy, heliothermometer, heliotrope
  • Hippowdon may use the Greek root word “dent” or “dont” for “tooth”  (such as in “orthodontist”) or may combine “hippo,” “powder,” and the Spanish word for “lord,” “don”
    • Related Words: dental, dentist, dentistry, orthodontist, denticate, dentality, dentilated, dentilation, denimeter, dentin, dentioloquy, dentiphone, astrodon, deinodon, heterodontosaurus, Don Juan
  • Growlithe combines the word “growl” and either the Greek word, “lithos,” for “stone” or the English word, “lithe,” which means “lean or muscular”
    • Related Words: lithe, lithesome, monolith, batholith, lithograph, lithology, lithosphere, lithic, Neolithic Era
  • Rhyhorn combines “rhy,” which means “nose,” and “horn.”
    • Related Words: rynchodont, rhynoceros, rhinoplasty, Rhynchobatus
  • Noctowl is a combination of the root for “night,” “noct,” “nocti,” or “nox,” and the word “owl”
    • Related Words: nocturnal, nocturne, equinoctial, equinox, noctambulate, noctidial, noctifier, nocturia
  • Cacturne combines “cactus” and “nocturne” or perhaps “nocturnal.” It may also relate to “tricorne,” a hat with three corners –corresponding to the shape of its head. The word “taciturn” also sounds similar to the Pokemon’s name and could refer to its quiet and reserved manner during the day
    • Related Words: taciturn, nocturnal, nocturne, equinoctial, equinox, noctambulate, noctidial, noctifier, nocturia
  • Sudowoodo combines “pseudo” (the prefix meaning false) and “wood.”
    • Related Words: pseudonym, pseudopod, pseudoscience, pseudosim, pseudodox, pseudogyny, pseudolatry, pseudograph, pseudomorph


  • Misdreavus may be a play on “mischievous.” It may also be any combination of “mistress,” (due to its feminine appearance) “miscreant” (due to the way it always scares people), “dream,” “dread,” “dreary,” and “reave” (to rob). The prefixes “mis” or “miso” mean “wrong,” “bad,” and “hate,” which relate to many of its possible name origins
    • Related Words:  misadventure, misalliance, misanthrope, misappropriate, misbegotten, misbehavior, miscalculate, miscarriage, miscast, mischief, miserable, misfortune, misjudge, mislead, mistake, mistreat, misunderstand, misandry, misogyny, misanthrope, miscreant, misconstrue, misconception, misnomer, mishap, dread, dreary
  • Vibrava may be a combination of “vibrate” (to shake rapidly) and “larva.” It may be derived from Latin, “vibr” or “vibro”
    • Related Words: vibration, vibraphone, vibrant, vibe, vibrato, reverberate, evibrate, vibratile
  • Palpitoad is a combination of “palpitation” and “toad.” The Latin word “palp” refers to touching and “palpitation” refers to a noticeably racing or pounding heart.
    • Related Words: impalpably, palpable, palpate, palpitation
  • Seismitoad may be a combination of seismic and toad. The Greek root “seismo” refers to moving back and forth violently or shaking.
    • Related Words: aseism, asteroseismologist, baroseismic, kineseismography, geoseism
  • Dialga may be related to “diamond,” whose origin is closely tied to the word, “adamant.” “Ga” may be a play on “gon” from “dragon” since it is a dragon type Pokemon. It may also relate to “dia” (Spanish for day) since this Pokemon can travel through time. It may also refer to the Greek root “dia” meaning “through.”
    • Related Words: diameter, diagram, diagonal, diagnose, dilate, dialogue, diatribe, dialect, diabetes, diathermy, dialysis, diamagnetism, dia, sun dialHear: Audio
  • Audino may be derived from “audio,” or it may be a play on the phrase “I dunno.” The suffix “ino” (which denotes “youth”) and the word “din” (loud noise, which makes sense since its ears are its most noteworthy feature) may have also been intentionally used to create this Pokemon’s name
    • Related Words: audible, auditorium, audience, inaudible, audiogram, audiologist, audiology, audiometer, audiophile, audiovisual, audition
  • Tranquill combines “tranquil” (calm or unstressed) and “quill” (a feather from the tail of a bird). It also involves “quail”
    • Related Words: tranquility, quill, quell
  • Fletchling may be derived from the words “fletching” (feathers on an arrow), “fledgling” (a young bird or an inexperienced person), and “hatchling.” The suffix “ling” is often diminutive, referring to smaller or younger things
    • Related Words: inkling, yearling, sibling, underling, duckling, sterling, kindling, foundling, gosling, weakling
  • Aromatisse may be related to the words “aroma” (referring to a sweet smell), “aromatic”, or “aromatize”
    • Related Words: aromatherapy, aromatcity, aromatic
  • Gourgeist combines “gourd” and “geist,” meaning “ghost”
    • Related Words: poltergeist, zeitgeist

Spooky phantom!

  • Phantump combines “phantom” and “stump”
    • Related Words: phantom, phantasma, phantasmagorical, phantasy

If you’re looking for more ways to make vocabulary fun and interesting, check out my previous post!

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About Caroline

Caroline graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She taught 8th grade language arts and has enjoyed tutoring in a number of different contexts, including through volunteer opportunities, tutoring centers, and one-on-one tutoring. In her free time she enjoys applying literary theories to non-literary topics, faking athleticism fairly well, and pondering philosophical, political, and sociological quandaries. Since she lives to help others, she is looking forward to utilizing her education and experiences in order to help PT continue to make a difference in students’ lives.

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