- 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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before a vowel xyl-
- indicating woodxylophone
- indicating xylenexylidine
from Greek xulon wood