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Proto-astronomy

ˈprəʊtəʊəˈstrɒnəmi

noun | Astroanthropology

night sky observation prior to the development of telescopic devices, especially prehistoric and ancient astronomy considered as intertwined with religious beliefs.

Derivatives

  • Proto-astronomic | ˈˈprəʊtəʊnəmɪk | adjective
  • Proto-astronomical | prəʊtəʊnəmɪk(ə)l | adjective, (also Proto-astronomically) adverb
  • Protonomy | ˈˈprəʊtəʊnəmi | noun
  • Protonomic | ˈˈprəʊtəʊnəmɪk | adjective, (also Protonomical) adjective, (also Protonomically) adverb
  • Protonomer | ˈˈprəʊtəʊnəmə | noun

Origin and etymology

  • Astro-English: from Astronese, the prefix proto-, denoting something original and primitive, adjoined to the combining form -onomy denoting an area of study; meaning ‘primitive astronomy’ 
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