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archaeo-

  1. a combining form meaning “ancient,” used in the formation of compound words: archaeopteryx; archaeology.
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Also archeo-.

Origin of archaeo-

< Greek, combining form of archaîos, equivalent to arch- (see archi-) + -aios adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for archaeo-

archaeo-

archeo-

combining form
  1. indicating ancient or primitive time or conditionarchaeology; archaeopteryx
  2. of, involving, or denoting the study of remains from archaeological sitesarchaeozoology
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Word Origin

from Greek arkhaio-, from arkhaios, from arkhein to begin
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Word Origin and History for archaeo-

before vowels archae-, word-forming element meaning "ancient, olden, primitive, primeval, from the beginning," from Latinized form of Greek arkhaio-, comb. form of arkhaios "ancient," from arkhe "beginning" (see archon).

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