[ ahy-luh m ]
/ ˈaɪ ləm /


the initial substance of the universe from which all matter is said to be derived.

Words nearby ylem

Origin of ylem

1948; adoption, in modern astrophysics, of Middle English ylem (Gower) < Medieval Latin (h)ȳlem, accusative of hȳlē < Greek hȳ́lē matter, wood
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British Dictionary definitions for ylem

/ (ˈaɪləm) /


the original matter from which the basic elements are said to have been formed following the explosion postulated in the big bang theory of cosmology

Word Origin for ylem

Middle English, from Old French ilem, from Latin hӯlē stuff, matter, from Greek hulē wood, matter
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