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a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “copper,” used in the formation of compound words: chalcolithic.

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Origin of chalco-

<Greek chalko-, combining form of chalkós copper
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WORDS THAT USE CHALCO-

What does chalco- men?

Chalco- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “copper.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in mineralogy.

Chalco- comes from Greek chalkós, meaning “copper.” The Latin equivalent is cupr-, “copper.” Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use article on cupr-.

What are variants of chalco-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, chalco- becomes chalc-, as in chalcosis.

Examples of chalco-

An example of a technical term that features the form chalco- is chalcography, “the art of engraving on copper or brass.”

While chalco- means “copper,” -graphy refers to “a process or form of writing or drawing,” from Greek -graphia. Chalcography literally means “copper writing.”

What are some words that use the combining form chalco-?

What are some other forms that chalco- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form -lite is used to name minerals. With this in mind, what kind of substance is chalcolite?

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British Dictionary definitions for chalco-

chalco-

before a vowel chalc-


combining form

indicating copper or a copper alloychalcopyrite; chalcolithic

Word Origin for chalco-

from Greek khalkos copper
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