- a combining form meaning “alien,” “strange,” “guest,” used in the formation of compound words: xenogamy, xenolith.
Also especially before a vowel, xen-.
Origin of xeno-
combining form of Greek xénos stranger, guest (noun); alien, foreign, strange (adj.)
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before a vowel xen-
- indicating something strange, different, or foreignxenogamy
from Greek xenos strange
Word Origin and History for xeno-
before vowels, xen-, word-forming element meaning "strange, foreign; stranger, foreigner," from Greek xeno-, comb. form of xenos "a guest, stranger, foreigner" (see guest (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Stranger; foreigner:xenophobia.
- Strange; foreign; different:xenophthalmia.
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