archi-


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  1. a combining form with the general sense “first, principal,” that is prefixed to nouns denoting things that are earliest, most basic, or bottommost (archiblast; archiphoneme; architrave); or denoting individuals who direct or have authority over others of their class, usually named by the base noun (archimandrite; architect).

combining form

  1. a variant of arch-

pref.

  1. Earlier; primitive:archenteron.
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