a combining form meaning “few,” “little,” used in the formation of compound words: oligopoly.
Also especially before a vowel, olig-.

Origin of oligo-

< Greek, combining form of olígos little, few (in plural)
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British Dictionary definitions for oligo-


before a vowel olig-

combining form

indicating a few or littleoligopoly

Word Origin for oligo-

from Greek olígos little, few
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Medicine definitions for oligo-



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