hemisphere etymology

English word hemisphere comes from Ancient Greek ἡμι-, Ancient Greek σφαῖρα, and later Latin hemisphaerium (Cupola, dome. Hemisphere.)

Detailed word origin of hemisphere

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ἡμι- Ancient Greek (grc)
σφαῖρα Ancient Greek (grc)
ἡμισφαίριον Ancient Greek (grc)
hemisphaerium Latin (lat) Cupola, dome. Hemisphere.
hemisphere English (eng) (anatomy) Either of the two halves of the cerebrum. [1804].. (astronomy, astrology) Half of the celestial sphere, as divided by either the ecliptic or the celestial equator [from 14th c.].. (cartography) A map or projection of a celestial or terrestrial hemisphere [1706].. (figuratively) A realm or domain of activity [1503].. (geography) Half of the Earth, such as the Northern Hemisphere, [...]

Words with the same origin as hemisphere

Descendants of σφαῖρα
atmosphere sphere