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"proto" is from "protos" (first) 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

"proto-" is a type of prefix


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

Examples of how the word is used

proto- illustration A silent protagonist is a central character who does not verbally interact with other characters within a story's narrative.
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