Ur

[ur, oo r]
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noun

an ancient Sumerian city on the Euphrates, in S Iraq: extensive excavations, especially of royal tombs.

ur-

1

variant of uro-1: uranalysis.

ur-

2

variant of uro-2 before a vowel: urite.

ur-

3

(sometimes initial capital letter)

a combining form meaning “earliest, original,” used in words denoting the primal stage of a historical or cultural entity or phenomenon: ur-civilization; urtext.

Origin of ur-

3
< German ur-, Middle High German, Old High German; cognate with Old English or-

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British Dictionary definitions for ur

Ur

noun

an ancient city of Sumer located on a former channel of the Euphrates

UR

abbreviation for

you are
your

ur-

combining form

a variant of uro- 1, uro- 2

Ur-

combining form

original, primitiveUrsprache

Word Origin for Ur-

German

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Word Origin and History for ur

ur-

prefix meaning "original, earliest, primitive," from German; at first only in words borrowed from German (cf. ursprache "hypothetical primitive language"); since mid-20c. a living prefix in English. Cf. also Urschleim under protoplasm and Urquell under Pilsner.

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Medicine definitions for ur

ur-

pref.

Variant ofuro-

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