a combining form meaning “oil,” used in the formation of compound words: oleograph.

Also especially before a vowel, ole-.

Origin of oleo-

< Latin, combining form representing oleum oil
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British Dictionary definitions for oleo-


combining form


Word Origin for oleo-

from Latin oleum oil
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Word Origin and History for oleo-

word-forming element meaning "oil" or "oleic," from Latin oleum (see oil (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for oleo-



Oil:oleic acid.
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