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the typical ending of the first element of compounds of Latin words, as -o-, is of Greek words, but often used in English with a first element of any origin, if the second element is of Latin origin:
cuneiform; Frenchify. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -i-


connective vowel
used between elements in a compound word: cuneiform, coniferous Compare -o-
Word Origin
from Latin, stem vowel of nouns and adjectives in combination
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