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word element [Gr.], ancient; beginning; original; first; chief; leading.
arch-, arche-archi- (arch; ark, ar'kē; ar'ki), In these combining forms ch has the sound of k.
Combining forms meaning primitive or ancestral; also first, chief, extreme.
[G. archē, origin, beginning, + -o-]
arch-, arche- , archi- , archo-
1. Combining forms meaning primordial, ancestral, first, chief, or extreme.
2. dentistry Denoting the maxillary or mandibular arch.
[G. archē, origin, beginning]