paleo-

  1. a combining form meaning “old” or “ancient,” especially in reference to former geologic time periods, used in the formation of compound words: paleobotany.
Also pale-, especially British, palae-, palaeo-.

Origin of paleo-

< Greek palaio-, combining form of palaiós
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Contemporary Examples of paleo

  • The popular snack has also struck a cord with Paleo dieters, according to Lewis.

  • The Paleo diet has exploded in popularity over the past several years.

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    In Defense of the Paleo Diet

    Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.

    January 16, 2014

  • Studies on the nutrient content of common foods suggest that Paleo is a remarkably nutrient-dense diet.

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    In Defense of the Paleo Diet

    Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.

    January 16, 2014

  • But while the Paleo diet has rapidly gained a foothold in the public consciousness, it has also been criticized in the media.

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    In Defense of the Paleo Diet

    Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.

    January 16, 2014

  • The Paleo diet is dangerous because it permits red meat, which clogs our arteries and shortens our lifespan.

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    In Defense of the Paleo Diet

    Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.

    January 16, 2014

Historical Examples of paleo


British Dictionary definitions for paleo

paleo-

before a vowel pale-

combining form
  1. variants (esp US) of palaeo-
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Word Origin and History for paleo

paleo-

before vowels pale- word-forming element used in scientific combinations (mostly since c.1870) meaning "ancient, early, prehistoric, primitive," from Greek palaio-, comb. form of palaios "old, ancient," from palai "long ago, far back," related to palin "again, backwards," tele- "far off, at a distance," from PIE root *kwel- "to turn, move about," also "far" (in space and time); see cycle (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

paleo in Medicine

paleo-

pref.
  1. Ancient; prehistoric; old:paleopathology.
  2. Early; primitive:paleokinetic.
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paleo in Science

paleo-

  1. A prefix that means “prehistoric” (as in paleontology) or “early or primitive” (as in Paleolithic).
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