a combining form meaning “beautiful,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (calligraphy); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (callisthenics).
Origin of calli-
< Greek kalli- combining form of kállos beauty, akin to kalós beautiful, fair
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Word Origin for calli-
from Greek kalli-, from kallos beauty
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