- a combining form meaning “slope, incline,” and, in mineralogy, “monoclinic,” used in the formation of compound words: clinometer.
Origin of clino-
< Latin -clīn(āre) (cognate with Greek klī́nein to cause to lean, Sanskrit śrayati he causes to lean) + -o-
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before a vowel clin-
- indicating a slope or inclinationclinometer
from New Latin, from Greek klinein to slant, lean
Word Origin and History for clino-
before vowels clin-, word-forming element meaning "slope, slant, incline," from Latinized comb. form of Greek klinein "to lean, slope" (see lean (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Slope; slant:clinocephaly.
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