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variant of ornitho- before a vowel: ornithoid.
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ornith.

abbreviation
ornithological.
ornithology.
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WORDS THAT USE ORNITH-

What does ornith- mean?

Ornith- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “bird.” It is used in some scientific terms, especially in biology and zoology.

Ornith- comes from the Greek órnīs, meaning “bird.”

Ornith- is a variant of ornitho-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

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Examples of ornith-

An example of a word that features the combining form ornith- is ornithoid, meaning “resembling a bird.”

As we know, ornith- means “bird.” The suffix -oid means “resembling” or “like.” Ornithoid literally translates to “bird-like.”

The chemistry term ornithine refers to an important amino acid. The term is based on ornithuric acid, a substance in the urine of birds and reptiles.

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The suffix -ic means “having some characteristics of.” With this and the meaning of ornith- in mind, what does ornithic mean?

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