anthropo-

combining form

Definition of anthropo-

: human being anthropogenic

History and Etymology for anthropo-

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. In Mycenaean Greek, a-to-ro-qo, hence showing that the -p- was originally a labiovelar; this does not prove Indo-European origin, however, as words more surely substratal, as basileús "king" (Mycenaean qa-si-re-u), possessed labiovelars.

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“Anthropo-.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropo-. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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