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variant of aero- before an element of Latin origin: aeriferous.
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WORDS THAT USE AERI-

What does aeri- mean?

Aeri– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “air.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

Aeri– comes from Greek āḗr, meaning “air.”

What are variants of aeri-?

Aer and aero are variants of aeri– when combined with word elements not of Latin origin. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for aer– and aero-.

Examples of aeri-

An example of a scientific term that features the form aeri– is aeriform, “having the form or nature of air; gaseous.”

Aeri– means “air,” as we have already seen. The second part of the word, form, means “having the form of,” from Latin –fōrmis. Aeriform literally translates to “having the form of air.”

What are some words that use the combining form aeri-?

What are some other forms that aeri– may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters aer– or aeri-, such as aerie, is necessarily using the combining form aer– to denote “air.” Learn why aerie means “bird’s nest” at our entry for the word.

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The combining form ferous has a variety of meanings, including “conveying.” With this in mind, what does aeriferous literally mean?

How to use aeri- in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aeri-

aeri-

combining form
a variant of aero-
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