Paleo



1.
a combining form meaning “old” or “ancient,” especially in reference to former geologic time periods, used in the formation of compound words:
paleobotany.
combining form
1.
variants (esp US) of palaeo-

before vowels pale- word-forming element used in scientific combinations (mostly since c.1870) meaning “ancient, early, prehistoric, primitive,” from Greek palaio-, comb. form of palaios “old, ancient,” from palai “long ago, far back,” related to palin “again, backwards,” tele- “far off, at a distance,” from PIE root *kwel- “to turn, move about,” also “far” (in space and time); see cycle (n.).

paleo- or pale-
pref.

paleo-
A prefix that means “prehistoric” (as in paleontology) or “early or primitive” (as in Paleolithic).

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  • Paleoanthropic

    [pey-lee-oh-an-throp-ik or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊ ænˈθrɒp ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ adjective 1. pertaining to prehistoric humans.

  • Paleoanthropology

    [pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ noun 1. the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains. paleoanthropology (pā’lē-ō-ān’thrə-pŏl’ə-jē) The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.



  • Paleoanthropologist

    [pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ noun 1. the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains. paleoanthropology (pā’lē-ō-ān’thrə-pŏl’ə-jē) The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.

  • Paleoarctic

    [pey-lee-oh-ahrk-tik; especially British pal-ee‐] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˈɑrk tɪk; especially British ˌpæl i‐/ adjective 1. .



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