ur-

1 of 3

combining form (1)

variants or uro-
1
: urine
uric
2
: urinary tract
urology
3
: urinary and
urogenital
4
: urea
uracil

ur-

2 of 3

combining form (2)

variants or uro-
: tail
uropod

ur-

3 of 3

prefix

ˈu̇r
often capitalized
1
: original : primitive
ur-form
2
: original version of
urtext
3
: prototypical : arch-
ur-anticommunist

Word History

Etymology

Combining form (1)

New Latin, from Greek our-, ouro-, from ouron urine, from ourein to urinate — more at urine

Combining form (2)

New Latin, from Greek our-, ouro-, from oura tail — more at ass

Prefix

German, from Old High German ir-, ur- thoroughly (perfective prefix) — more at abide

Dictionary Entries Near ur-

Cite this Entry

“Ur-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ur-. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Geographical Definition

Ur

geographical name

ˈər How to pronounce Ur (audio)
ˈu̇r
city of ancient Sumer

Note: The site of Ur is northwest of Basra in southern Iraq.

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