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Vocabulary Lesson 24: The Roots flect- and flu- affluent deflect

flex fluctuate inflexible reflex

fluid influential flume influx The Roots flect- and flu The Latin roots flect- and flu- are used in many

English words. The Latin verb flectere means to bend. The meanings of the words built from the root flect- have to do with bending. For example, the word flexible means able to bend. The Latin verb fluere means to flow, and the meanings of words with the root flu- have to do with flowing. Fluids, of course, are substances that

flow. AFFLUENT Rich; wealthy (adj.) DEFLECT To turn aside or redirect; to cause to go

in another direction (verb) FLEX To bend (verb) To contract a muscle (verb) FLUCTUATE

To rise and fall; to change irregularly (verb) FLUID 1) A substance that flows, often taking the shape of its container (noun) 2) Having smooth, flowing motion; graceful (adj.) 3) Easily changed (adj.)

It is important to drink plenty of fluids every day. Dancers move with graceful, fluid movements. FLUME 1) A narrow passage with deep rocky sides and water

flowing through it (noun) 2) A man-made channel or chute for flowing water (noun) INFLEXIBLE 1) Not easily bent; stiff (adj.) 2) Not changeable (adj.) Write hints/clues below to help you remember the definitions.

INFLUENTIAL Having the power and importance to affect something (adj.) Some of the most influential people in history are Shakespeare, Lincoln, Ghandi, and

Leonardo DaVinci. INFLUX A flowing or coming in At the Three Gorges Dam in China, an influx of floodwaters in the rivers upper reaches flows through to the lower reaches

to reduce flooding. REFLEX 1) The ability to react quickly to actions or events (noun) 2) An automatic physical response (noun)

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