pel-, pelo- +

(Greek: mud, earth, clay)

Don't confuse this pel- unit with another pel- group meaning "push, beat, strike, knock, drive".

A plant living in clay or muddy soil.
A reference to a plant living in clay or muddy soil.
Peloponnesus, Peloponnese, Peloponesos
A large peninsula and region in southern Greece, forming the part of the country south of the Gulf of Corinth.

No evidence could be found linking the pelo in Peloponnesus with the pelo meaning "mud" as shown in this unit.

The peninsula has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its modern name derives from ancient Greek mythology, specifically the legend of the hero Pelops who was said to have conquered the entire region. The name Peloponnesos means "Island of Pelops".

In Greek mythology, Pelops (Greek Πέλοψ, from pelios, "dark; and ops, "face, eye") was venerated at Olympia, where his cult developed into the founding myth of the Olympic Games, the most important expression of unity, not only for the Peloponnesus, "land of Pelops", but for all Hellenes.

Pelops was the son of Tantalus who was restored to life by Demeter "after his father had killed him and served his flesh to the gods".

1. A combination of clay and sand.
2. The use of clay and sand; especially, in the treatment of skin diseases.
1. The combining of clay and sand for therapeutic purposes.
2. Utilizing clay and sand; especially, in the treatment of certain skin diseases.
A therapist who applies mud for therapeutic purposes, commonly in the form of hot mud packs in conjunction with mineral spa therapy, or by beauticians for purported effects on the skin.
pelotherapy (s) (noun), pelotherapies (pl)
1. The application of peloids; such as, peat or clay, to all or part of the body as a therapeutic process: When a patient is undergoing pelotherapy, he or she is being treated with the use of mud, sand, or earth; especially, in the treatment of skin diseases, rheumatic disorders, and osteoarthritis.
2. Etymology: from Greek pelos, "mud" + therapeio, "treatment".
A reference to mud bath treatments.
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Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-; terr-.