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

Nearby words

  1. dendritic cell,
  2. dendritic corneal ulcer,
  3. dendritic keratitis,
  4. dendritic process,
  5. dendritic spine,
  6. dendrobium,
  7. dendrochronology,
  8. dendrogram,
  9. dendroid,
  10. dendrological

Origin of dendro-

< Greek, combining form of déndron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dendro-


dendri- or before a vowel dendr-

combining form

treedendrochronology; dendrite

Word Origin for dendro-

New Latin, from Greek, from dendron tree

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Word Origin and History for dendro-


word-forming element meaning "tree," from Greek dendro-, comb. form of dendron "tree," sometimes especially "fruit tree" (as opposed to hyle "timber"), from PIE *der-drew-, from root *deru- "to be firm, solid, steadfast," specifically used for "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)).

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