Ancient; earlier; primitive: archaeopteryx.
[New Latin, from Greek arkhaio-, from arkhaios, ancient; see archaic.]
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1. indicating ancient or primitive time or condition: archaeology; archaeopteryx.
2. of, involving, or denoting the study of remains from archaeological sites: archaeozoology.
[from Greek arkhaio-, from arkhaios, from arkhein to begin]
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a combining form meaning “ancient”: archaeopteryx; archaeology.
[< Greek, comb. form of archaîos old]
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