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a combining form meaning “wood,” “matter,” used in the formation of compound words:
hylophagous; hylotheism.
combining form
indicating matter (as distinguished from spirit): hylozoism
indicating wood: hylophagous

word-forming element meaning “wood, forest; matter,” from Greek hylo-, from hylos “wood; matter,” of unknown origin.


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  • Hylomorphism

    [hahy-luh-mawr-fiz-uh m] /ˌhaɪ ləˈmɔr fɪz əm/ noun, Philosophy. 1. the theory that every physical object is composed of two principles, an unchanging prime matter and a form deprived of actuality with every substantial change of the object. /ˌhaɪləˈmɔːfɪzəm/ noun 1. the philosophical doctrine that identifies matter with the first cause of the universe

  • Hylophagous

    [hahy-lof-uh-guh s] /haɪˈlɒf ə gəs/ adjective 1. (def 1). /haɪˈlɒfəɡəs/ adjective 1. (esp of insects) feeding on wood

  • Hylotheism

    [hahy-luh-thee-iz-uh m] /ˌhaɪ ləˈθi ɪz əm/ noun 1. any philosophical doctrine identifying a god or gods with matter. /ˌhaɪləˈθiːɪzəm/ noun 1. the doctrine that God is identical to matter

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