the typical ending of the first element of compounds of Greek origin (as -i- is, in compounds of Latin origin), used regularly in forming new compounds with elements of Greek origin and often used in English as a connective irrespective of etymology: Franco-Italian; geography; seriocomic; speedometer.
Origin of -o-
Middle English (< Old French) < Latin < Greek
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British Dictionary definitions for -o-
used to connect elements in a compound wordchromosome; filmography Compare -i-
Word Origin for -o-
from Greek, stem vowel of many nouns and adjectives in combination
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Medicine definitions for -o-
Used as a connective to join word elements:acidophilic.
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