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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

before vowels ap-, word-forming element meaning "from, away from, separate, free from," from Greek apo "from, away from; after; in descent from," in compounds, "from, asunder, away, off; finishing, completing; ceasing from; back again," from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (cognates: Sanskrit apa "away from," Avestan apa "away from," Latin ab "away from, from," Gothic af, Old English of "away from").


pre. 1 away from, or separate 2 without, or lacking 3 (context chemistry English) derived from, or related to 4 (context proteins English) the apoprotein form of the protein

Usage examples of "apo-".

Nadreck's special training party numbered three Palainians, one apo-Onlonian, one apo-Eich'on, and one Kinchook.

The apo-Eich'on and the apo-Onlonian were two of Nadreck's special recruits, whom he had picked out as potential candidates after diligent mind-searching around the Krish-kree system.

As you are apo-types, one from the strain of Eich and the other from the strain of Onlo, you have the queer reliance on technology in opposition to mental powers.

And we've got the additional advantage of having the apo-Eich, as well as the apo-Onlonian, as two of the scrutinizers.

Still, every town, and particularly a town with a heritage of crazies like Milagro, needs some sort of bogeyman, banshee, witch, frog-eating Cleofes Apo-daca shaped like a dog, or Abuelo with which to terrorize children during the holiday seasons, and also with which to explain many of the unexplainable things that happen year-round in the neighborhood.

Thus, at any given tune he might have two cows on a permit up in the forest, one cow in Panky Mondragon's quarter-acre backyard, the other cow in with Bernabe' Montoya's cows up on Bernabe''s canyon land, one horse eating hay at home and another horse in a half-acre pasture belonging to Nick Rael, the third horse on a tether beside the highway eating the Right of Way grass for nothing, and his ten sheep spread into groups of three, three, and four each, grazing in overgrazed pastures belonging to Pete Apo-daca, Ray Gusdorf, and Seferino Pacheco, respectively.

Betty Apo-daca, Stella Armijo, Nancy Mondragon and many others, for Carolina was a part of the girls, the women, the town.

The grubby yellow, big-balled, snake-eating reincarnation of Cleofes Apo-daca was curled up in an egg box, purring.