Origin of hylo-
Words nearby hylo-
WORDS THAT USE HYLO-
What does hylo- mean?
Hylo– is a combining form used like a prefix. In terms from biology, hylo– typically is used to mean “wood.” In terms from philosophy, hylo– typically is used to mean “matter.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
Hylo– comes from Greek hȳ́lē, meaning “wood” or “matter,” as in the substance of the universe. Another Greek-based combining form meaning “wood” is xylo–, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use article on the form.
Examples of hylo-
The hylo– part of the word here refers to “wood.” The second portion of the word, –phagous, means “eating,” “feeding on,” or “devouring.” Hylophagous literally translates to “eating wood.”
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