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proto- British & World English

Original or primitive

Proto-Germanic New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

ancient source of the Germanic languages

Proto-Indo-European British & World English

The lost language from which all Indo-European languages derive

Proto-Indo-European New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

lost source of Indo-European languages

protohuman British & World English

A hypothetical prehistoric primate, resembling humans and thought to be their ancestor, whose profile has been compiled mainly from fossil evidence

protomartyr British & World English

The first martyr for a cause, especially the first Christian martyr, St Stephen

protoplanet British & World English

A large body of matter in orbit around the sun or a star and thought to be developing into a planet

protolanguage British & World English

A hypothetical lost parent language from which actual languages are derived


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