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petro

[pe-troh] /ˈpɛ troʊ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to petroleum or the petroleum industry.
noun
2.
Canadian. the federally owned petroleum industry.
Origin of petro
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75; independent use of petro-2

petro-1

1.
a combining form meaning “rock,” “stone,” used in the formation of compound words:
petrology.
Also, petri-; especially before a vowel, petr-.
Origin
< Greek, combining form of pétra rock, pétros a stone

petro-2

1.
a combining form meaning “petroleum,” “the extraction and export of petroleum,” used in the formation of compound words:
petrochemistry; petropower.
Origin
extracted from petroleum
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  • But what is distance to petro, whose strong wings carry him lightly?

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • So bad luck had come not only to Eve and petro, but to the story of their lives.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • "Now, Zoe and petro, it is your time to help," she said laughing.

    Our Little Grecian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • "You will have your cousin petro to play with," said her uncle.

    Our Little Grecian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • "Mother brought the washing and we have been here since morning," said petro.

    Our Little Grecian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
British Dictionary definitions for petro

petro-

combining form
1.
indicating stone or rock: petrology
2.
indicating petroleum, its products, etc: petrochemical
3.
of or relating to a petroleum-producing country: petrostate
Word Origin
from Greek petra rock or petros stone
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Word Origin and History for petro

petro-

1

before vowels petr-, word-forming element used from 19c., from comb. form of Greek petros "stone," petra "rock" (see petrous).

petro-

2

word-forming element used from mid-20c. to mean "of or having to do with petroleum products," from petroleum.

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petro in Medicine

petro- or petri- or petr-
pref.
Rock; stone; stone-like hardness: petrous.

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