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caco-

  1. a combining form meaning “bad,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (cacodemon); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (cacogenics).
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Also especially before a vowel, cac-.

Origin of caco-

< Greek, combining form of kakós
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Historical Examples of caco

  • Among its exports are sugar, coffee, caco, tobacco and fruit.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6

    Various

  • Caballerito, doy a usted las gracias por haberme advertido los 6666 ruines propsitos de esos palurdos ms malos que Caco.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Although it is found growing wild, caco is cultivated to a limited extent, and the product is insufficient for home consumption.

  • It is this kind of fighting which the marines and gendarmes have to continually do in combatting the caco trouble.

    Haiti

    J. Dryden Kuser

  • I have mentioned a caco attempt to raid Port-au-Prince just before our arrival, in which some of the bandits reached town.

    Haiti

    J. Dryden Kuser


British Dictionary definitions for caco

caco-

combining form
  1. bad, unpleasant, or incorrectcacophony
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Word Origin for caco-

from Greek kakos bad
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Word Origin and History for caco

caco-

before vowels cac-, word-forming element meaning "bad, ill, poor" (e.g. cacography, the opposite of calligraphy), from Latinized form of Greek kako- a hard-working prefix in ancient Greek, from kakos "bad, evil," considered by etymologists probably to be connected with PIE *kakka- "to defecate" (see caca).

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caco in Medicine

caco-

pref.
  1. Bad:cacogeusia.
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