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O and O

or O&O

[oh uh nd oh]
  1. owned and operated.
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  1. a combining form meaning “egg,” used in the formation of compound words: oogamous.
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Origin of oo-

< Greek ōio-, combining form of ōión egg1


or o·o, o’·o

noun, plural o-os.
  1. any of several species of Hawaiian honey eaters of the genus Moho, especially the extinct M. nobilis, of the island of Hawaii, that had black plumage and two tufts of yellow plumes used to make ceremonial robes for the Hawaiian kings.
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Origin of o-o

First recorded in 1885–90, o-o is from the Hawaiian word ʿōʿō
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Examples from the Web for oo

Historical Examples

  • Oo may whack my boat all to pieces, baby—come back to Janey!

    Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad


  • "Hide 'oo eyes and count," said Kathleen, junior, in a compelling voice.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • The U (oo in fool) is an obscured or impure pronunciation of the O.

  • No vowels are doubled in the same syllable like ee, oo, in English.

  • I must have a letter from oo, to fill the other side of this sheet.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

British Dictionary definitions for oo



combining form
  1. egg or ovumoosperm
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Word Origin

from Greek ōion egg 1
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Word Origin and History for oo


word-forming element meaning "egg, eggs," from Greek oon "egg," cognate with Latin ovum, Old Norse egg (see egg (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oo in Medicine


  1. Egg; ovum:oogenesis.
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