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palaeo-, U.S. paleo- comb. form of Gr. palaiós ancient, in many scientific terms often having correlatives in NEO-; among the earliest are palaeography (XVIII; — F. paléographie), palaeontology (XIX); archaeol., geol. opp. to MESO-, NEO-, as palaeolithic, palaeozoic (for palaeocene see EOCENE).

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palaeo- • comb. form British spelling of paleo-.

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palaeo-(paleo-) From the Greek palaios meaning ‘ancient’, a prefix meaning ‘very old’ or ‘ancient’.

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palaeo- (paleo-) A prefix meaning ‘of ancient times’, derived from the Greek palaios, meaning ‘ancient’.

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palaeo-(paleo-) From the Greek palaios, meaning ‘ancient’, a prefix meaning ‘of ancient times’.

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palaeo- combining form denoting
1. ancient.

2. primitive.