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noun
a family of South American Indian languages spoken in southern and eastern Brazil and northern Paraguay.
a member of any of several Ge-speaking peoples.
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Other definitions for Ge (2 of 3)

Ge

Symbol, Chemistry.
germanium.

Other definitions for Ge (3 of 3)

g.e.

abbreviation
(in bookbinding) gilt edges.
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WORDS THAT USE GE-

What does ge- mean?

Ge- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “earth.” It is very occasionally used in scientific terms in a variety of fields.

Ge- comes from Greek , meaning “earth.” A synonym of is khthṓn, which is the source of several words related to the underworld, such as chthonic.

What are variants of ge-?

Ge- is a variant of geo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for geo-.

Examples of ge-

One common word that features the form geo- is geode, “a hollow concretionary or nodular stone often lined with crystals.” Geode comes from Greek geṓdēs, which features the Greek equivalent of the form ge-.

The first portion of the word, ge-, means “earth,” while the suffix -ode here means “like,” from Greek -ōdēs. Geode literally translates to “earthlike.”

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

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

Not every word that begins with the exact letters ge-, such as gearbox or geoduck, is necessarily using the combining form geo- to denote “earth.” Learn why geoduck is the name of a kind of saltwater clam at our entry for the word.

Break it down!

An anticline is a technical term for a kind of fold in layers of rock. With this in mind, geanticline is a term from what among the following disciplines?

A. chemistry
B. geology
C. geometry
D. gerontology

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British Dictionary definitions for Ge (1 of 4)

ge

the internet domain name for
Georgia

British Dictionary definitions for Ge (2 of 4)

Ge1
/ (dʒiː) /

noun
another name for Gaia

British Dictionary definitions for Ge (3 of 4)

Ge2

the chemical symbol for
germanium

British Dictionary definitions for Ge (4 of 4)

GE

abbreviation for
Georgia (international car registration)
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Medical definitions for Ge (1 of 2)

Ge

The symbol for the elementgermanium

Medical definitions for Ge (2 of 2)

ge-

pref.
Variant ofgeo-
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Scientific definitions for Ge

Ge

The symbol for germanium.
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