a combining form meaning “wood,” “matter,” used in the formation of compound words: hylophagous; hylotheism.

Origin of hylo-

< Greek, combining form of hȳ́lē wood, matter
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British Dictionary definitions for hylo-


before a vowel hyl-

combining form

indicating matter (as distinguished from spirit)hylozoism
indicating woodhylophagous

Word Origin for hylo-

from Greek hulē wood
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