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a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (bibliography); on this model, used in the formation of compound words with the meaning “book” (bibliophile), and sometimes with the meaning “Bible” (bibliolatry, on the model of idolatry).

Nearby words

biblical latin, biblically, biblicism, biblicist, biblico-, biblio-, biblioclast, bibliofilm, bibliog., bibliogony, bibliograph

Origin of biblio-

< Latin < Greek, combining form of biblíon; see Bible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for biblio-


combining form

indicating book or booksbibliography; bibliomania

Word Origin for biblio-

from Greek biblion book
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Word Origin and History for biblio-


word-forming element meaning "book" or sometimes "Bible," from Greek biblio-, comb. form of biblion "book" (see Bible).

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