Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a combining form meaning “bird,” used in the formation of compound words: ornithology.
especially before a vowel
Origin of ornitho-
combining form representing
Greek ornīth- (stem of órnīs) bird
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British Dictionary definitions for ornitho- ornitho- before a vowel ornith- bird or birds ornithology; ornithomancy; ornithopter; ornithoscopy; ornithosis Word Origin
ornis, ornith- bird
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Word Origin and History for ornitho-
ornith-, word-forming element meaning "bird, birds," from comb. form of Greek ornis (genitive ornithos) "a bird" (in Attic generally "domestic fowl"), often added to the specific name of the type of bird, from PIE *or- "large bird" (see erne).
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