homo

homo

[hoh-moh]
noun, plural homos. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a homosexual.

Origin:
by shortening

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Homo

[hoh-moh]
noun
1.
(italics) the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humans and several extinct forms, distinguished by their large brains and a dependence upon tools. Compare archaic Homo.
2.
Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
a.
a member of the genus Homo.
b.
the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin homō man; OL hemō the earthly one (see humus); akin to Latin hūmānus human; cognate with Old English guma, Old Irish duine, Welsh dyn man, Lithuanian žmónės men

homo-

a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same” (homology ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (homomorphic ).
Also, especially before a vowel, hom-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of homós one and the same; akin to Sanskrit sama-; see same

ecce homo

[ech-ey hoh-moh, ek-ey for 1; ek-see hoh-moh, ek-ey for 2]
Latin.
1.
“Behold the man!”: the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.
2.
Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.
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Ecce Homo (ˈɛkeɪ ˈhəʊməʊ, ˈɛksɪ)
 
n
a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns
 
[Latin: behold the man, the words of Pontius Pilate to his accusers (John 19:5)]

homo1 (ˈhəʊməʊ)
 
n , pl -mos
informal short for homosexual

homo2 (ˈhəʊməʊ)
 
n
informal (Canadian) short for homogenized milk

Homo (ˈhəʊməʊ)
 
n
a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus
 
[Latin: man]

homo-
 
combining form
Compare hetero- being the same or like: homologous; homosexual
 
[via Latin from Greek, from homos same]

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Word Origin & History

Ecce homo
L., lit. "behold the man" (John xix.5).

homo-
"the same," prefix commonly used to form modern words, from Gk. homos "one and the same," also "belonging to two or more jointly," from PIE *somos (cf. Skt. samah "even, the same;" Lith. similis "like," Goth. sama "the same," samana "together;" see same).
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homo- or hom-
pref.
Same; like: homotype.

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Science Dictionary
homo-  
A prefix meaning "same," as in homogamous, having the same kind of flower.
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Homo [(hoh-moh)]

The genus to which human beings belong. The genus Homo includes Neanderthals and other hominids closely related to today's humans, such as Homo erectus.

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