a combining form occurring in compound words which have the general sense “something that repels or drives away” whatever is specified by the initial element:
combining form
indicating an agent or substance that expels or drives away vermifuge
derived forms
word origin
from mod.l. -fugus, with sense from l. fugare “to put to flight,” but form from l. fugere “to flee.”

-fuge suff.
one that expels or drives away: vermifuge.

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