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prefix (infl, en, prefix, cat=prefixes)
  1. Used to make words in which it has the meaning "first".
  2. (linguistics) Used to form the name of the hypothetical ancestor of a family of languages.
Proto-Indo-European is the ancestor of the Indo-European 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).

Derived Terms: (rel-top, words in which it has the meaning "first")
  • protoplasm
  • prototype
    (rel-mid)
  • protozoon
    (rel-bottom) (rel-top, in linguistics, proto-languages)
  • Proto-Baltic
  • Proto-Celtic
  • Proto-Germanic
  • Proto-Greek
  • Proto-Indo-European
  • Proto-Kiranti
    (rel-mid)
  • Proto-language
  • Proto-Norse
  • Proto-Pontic
  • Proto-Semitic
  • Proto-Slavic
  • Proto-Uralic
    (rel-bottom)

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