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a combining form meaning “ancient,” used in the formation of compound words:
archaeopteryx; archaeology.
Also, archeo-.
Origin of archaeo-
< Greek, combining form of archaîos, equivalent to arch- (see archi-) + -aios adj. suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for archaeo-


combining form
indicating ancient or primitive time or condition: archaeology, archaeopteryx
of, involving, or denoting the study of remains from archaeological sites: archaeozoology
Word Origin
from Greek arkhaio-, from arkhaios, from arkhein to begin
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Word Origin and History for archaeo-

before vowels archae-, word-forming element meaning "ancient, olden, primitive, primeval, from the beginning," from Latinized form of Greek arkhaio-, comb. form of arkhaios "ancient," from arkhe "beginning" (see archon).

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