oligarch

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olig- +‎ -arch, from Ancient Greek ὀλίγοι (olígoi, few) + Latin -archa, -arches, from Ancient Greek -άρχης (-árkhēs), from ἀρχός (arkhós, chief), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *arkhein (to begin, rule, command).

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oligarch (plural oligarchs)

  1. A member of an oligarchy, someone who is part of a small group that runs a country.
  2. (chiefly Russia) A very rich person, particularly with political power; a plutocrat.
  3. (cosmogony) A protoplanet formed during oligarchic accretion.

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