A linguistic element used in combination with another element to form a word (e.g., Anglo- ‘English’ in Anglo-American, bio- ‘life’ in biology, -graphy ‘writing’ in biography).
- As an aside, telethon is one of those odd blends in which two combining forms, prefix and suffix, have been borrowed from separate words and jammed together, extinguishing any root word.
- That's why they're called Cryptoaliens, ‘crypto’ being a combining form that means ‘unknown’.
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Syllabification: com·bin·ing form
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