1. a combining form meaning “tree,” used in the formation of compound words: dendrology.

combining form

  1. treedendrochronology; dendrite

word-forming element meaning “tree,” from Greek dendro-, comb. form of dendron “tree,” sometimes especially “fruit tree” (as opposed to hyle “timber”), from PIE *der-drew-, from root *deru- “to be firm, solid, steadfast,” specifically used for “wood, tree” (see tree (n.)).

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