a combining form meaning “whole,” “entire,” used in the formation of compound words: holomorphic.
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Lexical Investigations: HolisticA motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries. Since then, it has continued to import and borrow words and expressions from around the world, and the meanings have mutated. Some specimens in the English vocabulary have followed unusually circuitous routes to their place in the contemporary lexicon, …
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Origin of holo-
< Greek, combining form of hólos
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before a vowel hol-
whole or whollyholograph; holotype; Holarctic
Word Origin for holo-
from Greek holos
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before vowels, hol-, word-forming element meaning "whole, entire, complete," from Greek holo-, comb. form of holos "whole, entire, complete," also "safe and sound," from PIE *sol-wo-, from root *sol- (see safe (adj.)).
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