- a combining form meaning “mushroom, fungus,” used in the formation of compound words: mycology.
Also especially before a vowel, myc-.
Origin of myco-
combining form representing Greek mýkēs mushroom, fungus
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before a vowel myc-
- indicating fungusmycology
Word Origin for myco-
from Greek mukēs fungus
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before vowels myc-, word-forming element meaning "mushroom, fungus," formed irregularly from Greek mykes "fungus, mushroom, anything shaped like a mushroom," from PIE root *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). The correct form is myceto- (mycet-).
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