a combining form meaning “ancient,” used in the formation of compound words:
archaeopteryx; archaeology.
combining form
indicating ancient or primitive time or condition: archaeology, archaeopteryx
of, involving, or denoting the study of remains from archaeological sites: archaeozoology

before vowels archae-, word-forming element meaning “ancient, olden, primitive, primeval, from the beginning,” from Latinized form of Greek arkhaio-, comb. form of arkhaios “ancient,” from arkhe “beginning” (see archon).


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