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-i-

the typical ending of the first element of compounds of Latin words, as -o-, is of Greek words, but often used in English with a first element of any origin, if the second element is of Latin origin: cuneiform; Frenchify.
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-i-
 
connective vowel
Compare -o- used between elements in a compound word: cuneiform; coniferous
 
[from Latin, stem vowel of nouns and adjectives in combination]

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