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chaeto-

1.
a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words:
chaetophorous.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; combining form representing Greek chaítē; see chaeta
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chaeto-

before vowels chaet-, word-forming element meaning "hair," also, in scientific use, "spine, bristle," from Latinized form of Greek khaite "long, flowing hair" (of persons, also of horses, lions), related to Avestan gaesa- "curly hair."

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