Plantar vs. Planter

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Plantar and planter are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of plantar and planter, where these words came from and some example of their use in sentences.

Plantar is an anatomical term that describes something that has to do with the bottom of the foot. For instance, a plantar wart is a wart that occurs on the sole of the foot, and plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the band of tissue connecting heel and toe becomes inflamed. Plantar is an adjective. The word plantar is derived from the Latin word plantaris which means having to do with the sole of the foot.

A planter is someone who sows seeds or inserts small plants into the ground, or a machine that performs this function. It may also refer to a pot or ceramic container designed to hold growing plants. Planter is the agent noun of the word plant. An agent noun is a word that performs the action of a verb. The word planter is derived from the Latin word plantare, meaning to plant, and the suffix -er which means man who has to do with.


When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed due to overuse and the development of microscopic tears, the condition is called Plantar Fasciitis. (The Daily Press)

She said plantar warts are extremely contagious and can be picked up at pools, in locker rooms, or anywhere people walk around in bare feet. (The Cranberry Eagle)

The mansion’s story begins with wealthy lumberman and cotton planter Peter Little, who built the house in the early 1820s on a site with a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. (The Natchez Democrat)

“It’s hot out, but not too hot to paint” says artist and graphic designer Jon Patrizi, of Bethlehem as he works on painting his design on a planter on a sunny Thursday afternoon on 3rd Street in Bethlehem. (The Morning Call)