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Ur

[ur, oo r] /ɜr, ʊər/
noun
1.
an ancient Sumerian city on the Euphrates, in S Iraq: extensive excavations, especially of royal tombs.

ur-1

1.
variant of uro-1 :
uranalysis.

ur-2

1.
variant of uro-2. before a vowel:
urite.

ur-3

(sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a combining form meaning “earliest, original,” used in words denoting the primal stage of a historical or cultural entity or phenomenon:
ur-civilization; urtext.
Origin of ur-3
< German ur-, Middle High German, Old High German; cognate with Old English or-
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Ur

/ɜː/
noun
1.
an ancient city of Sumer located on a former channel of the Euphrates

UR

abbreviation
1.
you are
2.
your

ur-

combining form
1.
a variant of uro-1 , uro-2

Ur-

combining form
1.
original, primitive: Ursprache
Word Origin
German
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Word Origin and History for Ur

ur-

prefix meaning "original, earliest, primitive," from German; at first only in words borrowed from German (cf. ursprache "hypothetical primitive language"); since mid-20c. a living prefix in English. Cf. also Urschleim under protoplasm and Urquell under Pilsner.

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Ur in Medicine

ur- pref.
Variant of uro-1.

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