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a combining form meaning “wood,” used in the formation of compound words: xylophilous.

Nearby words

xylem ray, xylene, xylic acid, xylidine, xylitol, xylo-, xylocarp, xylogenous, xylograph, xylographic, xylography
Also especially before a vowel, xyl-.

Origin of xylo-

combining form of Greek xýlon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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