a combining form meaning “wood,” used in the formation of compound words: xylophilous.
Also especially before a vowel, xyl-.

Origin of xylo-

combining form of Greek xýlon
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British Dictionary definitions for xylo-


before a vowel xyl-

combining form

indicating woodxylophone
indicating xylenexylidine

Word Origin for xylo-

from Greek xulon wood
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