a combining form meaning “ancient,” used in the formation of compound words: archaeopteryx; archaeology.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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-
indicating ancient or primitive time or conditionarchaeology; archaeopteryx
of, involving, or denoting the study of remains from archaeological sitesarchaeozoology
Word Origin for archaeo-
from Greek arkhaio-, from arkhaios, from arkhein to begin
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