arena, areni-

(Latin: harena; sand, sandy place, sea-shore; place of combat [literally, "place strewn with sand"])

arena (s) (noun), arenas (pl)
1. An indoor or outdoor area, surrounded by seating for spectators, where shows or sports events take place.
2. A group of adjoining mating territories of a species.

The Arena, More than a Place

The ancient Romans who watched the gladiators fighting to their deaths with swords and other weapons, or wild animals, killing and being killed, went to the amphitheaters for their "entertainment."


Arena where blood is spilled during slaughter.
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The ground couldn't soak up the quantities of blood spilled on it so the show producers covered the ground with absorbent arena (sand). The sand, or arena, became the name of the place for shows, then sports, etc.

arenaceous (adjective), more arenaceous, most arenaceous
Pertaining to sediment or sedimentary rock, composed primarily of very small particles of stones or minerals, or having a sandy texture or appearance.
arenarious (adjective), more arenarious, most arenarious
1. A description of rocks or deposits that are composed of substances like found on beaches.
2. A reference to plants that grow best in sandy soil; such as, arenarious plants that grow in sand.
arenicole (verb), arenicoles; arenicoled; arenicoling: sand
Burrowing, living, or growing in sand.
arenicolite (s) (noun), arenicolites (pl)
A worm-hole made originally in very tiny pieces of stone and kept intact or undamaged in a sandstone rock.
arenicolous (adjective), more arenicolous, most arenicolous
A reference to growing and developing in sandy areas.
arenilitic (adjective), more arenilitic, most arenilitic
Of or pertaining to sandstone formed by the consolidation and compaction and held together by a natural silica which is similar to cement.
arenite, arenyte (s) (noun), arenites, arenytes (pl)
A consolidated sand-texture of sedimentary rock, regardless of its composition: The arenite is formed from mineral substances that have been left by water, wind, or ice and have become pressed together over a period of time.
arenoid (adjective), more arenoid, most arenoid
A reference to something that is like or similar to very small grains which are held together by something that is similar to cement.
If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, don't drag your feet.
—Anonymous

Roman Events in the arenas: The FULL version of Those about to Die, Index.


Other related "sand" units: amatho-; ammo-; silico-; thino-.