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 History of this Word

"paleo" is from "palai" (long ago) 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

"paleo-" is a type of prefix


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

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paleo- illustration At the end of the Paleozoic, the largest mass extinction in history wiped out approximately 90% of all marine animal species.
paleo- illustration Its literature and writings are gone, except for this paleograph.