hylo-


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

Nearby words

  1. hygroton,
  2. hying,
  3. hyksos,
  4. hyla,
  5. hylas,
  6. hylomorphic,
  7. hylomorphism,
  8. hylophagous,
  9. hylotheism,
  10. hylotropic

Origin of hylo-

< Greek, combining form of hȳ́lē wood, matter

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British Dictionary definitions for hylo-

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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Word Origin and History for hylo-

hylo-

word-forming element meaning "wood, forest; matter," from Greek hylo-, from hylos "wood; matter," of unknown origin.

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