palaeo-


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palae-

or palaeo-
pref.
Variants of paleo-.

paleo-

or pale- or palaeo- or palae-
pref.
1. Ancient; prehistoric; old: paleobotany.
2. Early; primitive: Paleozoic.

[Greek palaio-, from palaios, ancient, from palai, long ago; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]
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palaeo-

or before a vowel

palae-

;

paleo-

or

pale-

combining form
old, ancient, or prehistoric: palaeography.
[from Greek palaios old]
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palaeo-

Chiefly Brit. var. of paleo-.
Also, before some vowels,palae-.
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The focus of the chapter is on disturbance and ecological response, and once more, on the prerequisite in ecosystem management in order to achieve the intergation of 'palaeo- and neoecology across scales to maximize resilience and biodiversity'.
An archaeological and palaeo- environmental chronological framework allows comparison between environmental and social data.
coregoni in phrase 'Bosmina coregoni Baird' (OED palaeo-, 1970 quote)