- a combining form meaning “tongue, word, speech,” used in the formation of compound words: glossology.
Also glotto-; especially before a vowel, gloss-.
Origin of glosso-
< Greek (Ionic), combining form of glôssa
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before a vowel gloss-
- indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal
Word Origin for glosso-
from Greek glossa tongue
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word-forming element meaning "tongue," from Greek glosso-, comb. form of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).
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