- a combining form meaning “old” or “ancient,” especially in reference to former geologic time periods, used in the formation of compound words: paleobotany.
Origin of paleo-
Examples from the Web for paleo
The popular snack has also struck a cord with Paleo dieters, according to Lewis.Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?
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The Paleo diet has exploded in popularity over the past several years.
Studies on the nutrient content of common foods suggest that Paleo is a remarkably nutrient-dense diet.
But while the Paleo diet has rapidly gained a foothold in the public consciousness, it has also been criticized in the media.
The Paleo diet is dangerous because it permits red meat, which clogs our arteries and shortens our lifespan.
An early Archaic to transitional Paleo association is suggested.
I know the Dean mentioned one thing that began with a 'paleo' but I have forgotten the rest of it.Kit of Greenacre Farm
Most Paleo Indian types, including fluted points, are auriculate.
This evidence and field observations suggest a transitional Paleo association.
Evaluation of this evidence and observations indicate a possible existence of from transitional Paleo to middle Archaic times.
before a vowel pale-
- variants (esp US) of palaeo-
Word Origin and History for paleo
before vowels pale- word-forming element used in scientific combinations (mostly since c.1870) meaning "ancient, early, prehistoric, primitive," from Greek palaio-, comb. form of palaios "old, ancient," from palai "long ago, far back," related to palin "again, backwards," tele- "far off, at a distance," from PIE root *kwel- "to turn, move about," also "far" (in space and time); see cycle (n.).
- Ancient; prehistoric; old:paleopathology.
- Early; primitive:paleokinetic.
- A prefix that means prehistoric (as in paleontology) or early or primitive (as in Paleolithic).