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 History of this Word

"oligo" is from "oligos" (small, little, few) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"oligo-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "few" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

oligo- illustration Oligarchies were not as common as monarchies in the ancient world.
oligo- illustration An oligotrophic waterbody is capable of supporting relatively small populations of living organisms.