One of several English variants (in casu Modern English, in the 17th and 18th century) for the Medieval Latin hyle, a transliteration of Aristotle’s concept of matter, in Ancient Greek ὕλη (hulē, “wood(s), material(s), matter, subject”) or πρώτη ὕλη (prote hule, “fundamental, undifferentiated matter”)
- (obsolete, philosophy) matter
- The first matter of the cosmos, from which the four elements arose, according to the doctrines of Empedocles and Aristotle.
- OED: The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, Oxford University Press, 1989
- matter, the fundamental matter of all things, as opposing the form of all things (Aristotle’s doctrine of matter and form or hylomorphism); in Mediaeval Latin respectively materia prima and forma substantialis
- the matter of the body, as opposing the soul or mind (Aristotle’s doctrine of the soul)
- the first matter of the cosmos, an inaccurate interpretation of Aristotle's ἡ πρώτη ὕλη or materia prima
First declension, Greek type.