Wednesday, March 23, 2011

and finally...


a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same” ( homology ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words ( homomorphic ).

Also, especially before a vowel , hom-.

1590–1600; < Latin homō man; OL hemō the earthly one ( see humus); akin to Latin hūmānus human; cognate with Old English guma, Old Irish duine, Welsh dyn man, Lithuanian žmónės men

< Greek, combining form of homós one and the same; akin to Sanskrit sama-; see same

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