hyle

noun

hy·​le
ˈhī(ˌ)lē
plural -s
philosophy
: whatever receives form or determination from outside itself : matter
especially : matter in its primordial, unorganized state

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, matter, from Greek hylē wood, matter; perhaps akin to Old English syll sill

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“Hyle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyle. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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