prefix (infl, en, prefix, cat=prefixes)
- Used to make words in which it has the meaning "first".
(linguistics) Used to form the name of the hypothetical ancestor of a family of languages.
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (term, sc=polytonic, -, tr=proto-, lang=grc), combination form of (term, sc=polytonic, , tr=protos, , first, lang=grc), superlative of (term, sc=polytonic, , tr=pro, , before, lang=grc).
Proto-Indo-European is the ancestor of the Indo-European languages.
Derived Terms: (rel-top, words in which it has the meaning "first")
(rel-top, in linguistics, proto-languages)
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