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a combining form meaning “few,” “little,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating a few or little: oligopoly

before vowels olig-, word-forming element meaning “few, the few,” from comb. form of Greek oligos “few, scanty, small, little,” in plural, “the few;” of uncertain origin.

oligo- or olig-
Few: oligosaccharide.


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