- a combining form meaning “wood,” “matter,” used in the formation of compound words: hylophagous; hylotheism.
Origin of hylo-
< Greek, combining form of hȳ́lē wood, matter
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before a vowel hyl-
- indicating matter (as distinguished from spirit)hylozoism
- indicating woodhylophagous
from Greek hulē wood
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Word Origin and History for hylo-
word-forming element meaning "wood, forest; matter," from Greek hylo-, from hylos "wood; matter," of unknown origin.
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