Origin of xylo-
WORDS THAT USE XYLO-
What does xylo- mean?
What are variants of xylo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, xylo- becomes xyl-, as in xyloid (using the equivalent form in Greek).
Examples of xylo-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features xylo- is xylophone, “a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.”
We know xylo- means “wood.” What about the -phone portion of the word? It’s a combining form from the Greek phōnḗ meaning “voice, sound.” The combining form -phone has several meanings in English, including naming types of “a musical instrument.” Xylophone literally translates to “wooden musical instrument.”
What are some words that use the combining form xylo-?
What are some other forms that xylo- may be commonly confused with?