variants: or uro-

Definition of ur-

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

Definition of ur- (Entry 2 of 4)

: tail uropod

ur-

prefix, often capitalized
\ ˈu̇r \

Definition of ur- (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Ur

geographical name
\ ˈər How to pronounce Ur (audio) , ˈu̇r \

Definition of Ur (Entry 4 of 4)

city of ancient Sumer

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

History and Etymology for ur-

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

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“Ur-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ur-. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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