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archi-

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).
Also, especially before a vowel, arch-.
Compare arch-1 , arche-
Origin
< Greek, combining form akin to archḗ beginning, árchos leader, árchein to be the first, command
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British Dictionary definitions for archi-

arch-

combining form
1.
chief; principal; of highest rank: archangel, archbishop, archduke
2.
eminent above all others of the same kind; extreme: archenemy, archfiend, archfool
Word Origin
ultimately from Greek arkhi-, from arkhein to rule

archi-

combining form
1.
a variant of arch-
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archi- in Medicine

archi- or arch- or arche-
pref.
Earlier; primitive: archenteron.

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