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(word root) child
Examples of words with the root pedo-: pedology
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pedo- 1

or ped-
Soil: pedocal.

[From Greek pedon, soil, earth; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pedo- 2

or ped- or paed- or paedo-
Child; children: pedodontics.

[Greek paido-, from pais, paid-, child; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]
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or before a vowel


combining form
variants (esp US) of paedo-


combining form
(Geological Science) indicating soil: pedocal.
[from Greek pedon]
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a combining form meaning “child,” “boy”: pedophilia.
Also, paedo-; esp. before a vowel, ped-.
[variant sp. of paedo- < Greek paido-, comb. form of paid- (s. of paîs) child]
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