combining forms


combining forms
combining forms
This term, which may well have been used first by the OED editors, denotes a word form that is only used in combination with other elements. The normal linking vowel is -o (e.g. Anglo-, electro-) or -i (alti-, horti-). Combining forms can also occur at the ends of words (e.g. -imeter, -ology).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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