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a combining form meaning “whole,” “entire,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
whole or wholly: holograph, holotype, Holarctic

before vowels, hol-, word-forming element meaning “whole, entire, complete,” from Greek holo-, comb. form of holos “whole, entire, complete,” also “safe and sound,” from PIE *sol-wo-, from root *sol- (see safe (adj.)).

holo- or hol-
Whole; entirely: holoblastic.


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