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homo

[hoh-moh] /ˈhoʊ moʊ/
noun, plural homos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a homosexual, especially a male homosexual.
Origin
by shortening

Homo

[hoh-moh] /ˈhoʊ moʊ/
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)
  1. a member of the genus Homo.
  2. 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-

1.
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] /ˈɛtʃ eɪ ˈhoʊ moʊ, ˈɛk eɪ for 1; ˈɛk si ˈhoʊ moʊ, ˈɛk eɪ 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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British Dictionary definitions for homo

homo1

/ˈhəʊməʊ/
noun (pl) -mos
1.
(informal) short for homosexual

homo2

/ˈhəʊməʊ/
noun
1.
(Canadian, informal) homogenized milk

Homo

/ˈhəʊməʊ/
noun
1.
a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus
Word Origin
Latin: man

Ecce Homo

/ˈɛkeɪ ˈhəʊməʊ; ˈɛksɪ/
noun
1.
a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns
Word Origin
Latin: behold the man, the words of Pontius Pilate to his accusers (John 19:5)

homo-

combining form
1.
being the same or like: homologous, homosexual Compare hetero-
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek, from homos same
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Word Origin and History for homo
n.

short for homosexual (n.), attested by 1929; usually contemptuous.

ecce homo

Latin, literally "behold the man" (John xix:5).

homo-

word-forming element meaning "same, the same, equal, like," before vowels hom-, from Greek homos "one and the same," also "belonging to two or more jointly," from PIE *somos (cf. Sanskrit samah "even, the same," Lithuanian similis "like," Gothic sama "the same," samana "together;" see same).

word-forming element meaning "homosexual," abstracted since early 20c. from homosexual, and ultimately identical to homo- (1).

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homo in Medicine

homo- or hom-
pref.
Same; like: homotype.

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homo in Science
homo-  
A prefix meaning "same," as in homogamous, having the same kind of flower.
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homo in Culture
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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Slang definitions & phrases for homo

homo

modifier

: homo slang/ a homo bar

noun

A homosexual man or woman: I knew nothing about ''homos'' at that time (1929+)


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