proto-

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See also: proto and protó

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹoʊtoʊ/, [pɹoʊɾoʊ]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πρωτο- (prōto-), combination form of πρῶτος (prôtos, first), superlative of πρό (pró, before).

Prefix[edit]

proto-

  1. first
  2. (linguistics) Used to form the name of the hypothetical ancestor of a family of languages.
    Proto-Indo-European is the ancestor of the Indo-European languages.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πρῶτος (prôtos, first).

Prefix[edit]

proto-

  1. proto-

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πρωτο- (prōto-), combining form of πρῶτος (prôtos, first), superlative of πρό (pró, before).

Prefix[edit]

proto-

  1. proto-

Usage notes[edit]

  • Also prot- before a vowel

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πρωτο- (prōto-), combining form of πρῶτος (prôtos, first), superlative of πρό (pró, before).

Prefix[edit]

proto-

  1. proto- (initial, first, original)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Also prot- before a vowel

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πρωτο- (prōto-), combining form of πρῶτος (prôtos) "first", superlative of πρό (pró) "before".

Prefix[edit]

proto-

  1. proto-

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