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a combining form meaning “world,” “universe,” used in the formation of compound words: cosmography; in contemporary usage, sometimes representing Russian kosmo-, it may mean “outer space,” “space travel,” or “cosmic ray”:
combining form
indicating the world or universe: cosmology, cosmonaut, cosmography

before a vowel cosm-, word-forming element from Latinized form of Greek kosmos (see cosmos). In older use, “the world, the universe;” since 1950s, especially of outer space.


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