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-arch

1.
a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler,” used in the formation of compound words:
monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.
Origin
< Greek -archos or -archēs, as comb. forms of árchos leader; cf. archi-
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-arch

combining form
1.
leader; ruler; chief patriarch, monarch, heresiarch
Word Origin
from Greek -arkhēs, from arkhein to rule; compare arch-
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