- a combining form meaning “child,” used in the formation of compound words: pedophilia.
- a combining form meaning “soil,” used in the formation of compound words: pedocal.
- variants (esp US) of paedo-
- indicating soilpedocal
before vowels ped-, word-forming element meaning “boy, child,” from Greek pedo-, comb. form of pais “boy, child,” especially a son, from PIE root *peu- “small, little, few, young” (see few (adj.)). The British form paed- is better because it avoids confusion with ped-. pref.
- Child; children:pedodontics.