arche

1 of 2

noun

ar·​che
ˈärˌkē;
ärˈkā,
-ˈkē
plural archai
-kī
: something that was in the beginning : a first principle:
a
in early Greek philosophy : a substance or primal element
b
in Aristotle : an actuating principle (as a cause)

arche-

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prefix

: primitive : original
archecentric
archespore

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Greek archē, literally, beginning

Prefix

Latin, from Greek, from archein to begin

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“Arche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arche. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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