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proto-form

[ proh-toh-fawrm ]
/ ˈproʊ toʊˌfɔrm /
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noun Linguistics.
a hypothetical linguistic form reconstructed as an element of a protolanguage.
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Origin of proto-form

First recorded in 1960–65
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