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petro

[ pe-troh ]
/ ˈpɛ troʊ /
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adjective

of or relating to petroleum or the petroleum industry.

noun

Canadian. the federally owned petroleum industry.

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Origin of petro

First recorded in 1970–75; independent use of petro-2

Definition for petro (2 of 3)

petro-1

a combining form meaning “rock,” “stone,” used in the formation of compound words: petrology.
Also petri-; especially before a vowel, petr-.

Origin of petro-

1
<Greek, combining form of pétra rock, pétros a stone

Definition for petro (3 of 3)

petro-2

a combining form meaning “petroleum,” “the extraction and export of petroleum,” used in the formation of compound words: petrochemistry; petropower.

Origin of petro-

2
Extracted from petroleum
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British Dictionary definitions for petro

petro-

before a vowel petr-


combining form

indicating stone or rockpetrology
indicating petroleum, its products, etcpetrochemical
of or relating to a petroleum-producing countrypetrostate

Word Origin for petro-

from Greek petra rock or petros stone
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Medical definitions for petro

petro-

pref.

Rock; stone; stone-like hardness:petrous.
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