ornitho-


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

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Also especially before a vowel, ornith-.

Origin of ornitho-

combining form representing Greek ornīth- (stem of órnīs) bird
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WORDS THAT USE ORNITHO-

What does ornitho- mean?

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

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

What are variants of ornitho-

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, ornitho- becomes ornith-, as in ornithoid.

Examples of ornitho-

One example of a term that features the combining form ornitho- is ornithology, “the branch of zoology that deals with birds.” A bird expert is known as an ornithologist.

We know ornitho- means “bird,” so what does the -logy portion of the word mean? That’s right, -logy refers to “a field of study,” from the Greek lógos. Ornithology literally translates to “the study of birds.”

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What are some other forms that ornitho- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -philous means “liking” or “having an affinity for.” With this in mind, how are ornithophilous plants pollinated?

British Dictionary definitions for ornitho-

ornitho-

before a vowel ornith-


combining form

bird or birdsornithology; ornithomancy; ornithopter; ornithoscopy; ornithosis

Word Origin for ornitho-

from Greek ornis, ornith- bird
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