from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Variant of uro-1.
- Variant of uro-2.
- Original; prototypical: ur-feminist; ur-language.
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- Forming words with the sense of ‘proto-, primitive, original’.
From German ur-, original; see Ursprache.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German ur-, originally from Old High German ir-, ur- ("thoroughly"),, from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”), from Proto-Indo-European *uds- (“up, out”). Cognate with Dutch oer-, English or-. Compare or-. (Wiktionary)