a combining form meaning “egg,” used in the formation of compound words: oogamous.
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“Cwm” (a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain, sometimes containing a lake; a cirque) and “crwth” (an ancient Celtic musical instrument), both from the Welsh, use w as a vowel – standing for the same sound that oo stands for in boom and booth. “Crwth” is also spelled “crowd.” However, in words like “low” and “bow,” one can make a good case that the letter w represents a vowel. Both of these words end …
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Origin of oo-
< Greek ōio-, combining form of ōión egg1
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egg or ovumoosperm
Word Origin for oo-
from Greek ōion egg 1
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word-forming element meaning "egg, eggs," from Greek oon "egg," cognate with Latin ovum, Old Norse egg (see egg (n.)).
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