combining form

: human being

Word History


borrowed from Greek, combining form from ánthrōpos "human being, person," perhaps of substratal origin

Note: Hypotheses of Indo-European origin have been proposed, but none are generally accepted. The form of the word in Mycenaean Greek, a-to-ro-qo, shows that the -p- was originally a labiovelar, which has led to the assumption that the word has an Indo-European ancestry. However, words that are more likely substratal, as basileús "king" (Mycenaean qa-si-re-u), possessed labiovelars.

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“Anthropo-.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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