a combining form meaning “wild animal, beast,” used in the formation of compound words, usually denoting extinct mammals, as adaptions of zoological taxa ending in -therium or -theria: baluchithere.

Nearby words

  1. -taxy,
  2. -teen,
  3. -tene,
  4. -termer,
  5. -th,
  6. -therm,
  7. -thermy,
  8. -thon,
  9. -thymia,
  10. -tic

Origin of -there

< New Latin -therium (singular), -theria (plural) < Greek thēríon, derivative of thḗr beast of prey; akin to feral1, fierce

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