a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words: chaetophorous.

Nearby words

  1. chadwick, sir james,
  2. chaebol,
  3. chaeronea,
  4. chaeta,
  5. chaetiferous,
  6. chaetognath,
  7. chaetophobia,
  8. chaetophorous,
  9. chaetopod,
  10. chaetotaxy

Origin of chaeto-

1865–70; combining form representing Greek chaítē; see chaeta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for chaeto-


before vowels chaet-, word-forming element meaning "hair," also, in scientific use, "spine, bristle," from Latinized form of Greek khaite "long, flowing hair" (of persons, also of horses, lions), related to Avestan gaesa- "curly hair."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper