Hyle definitions

The first matter of the cosmos, from which the four elements arose, according to the doctrines of Empedocles and Aristotle.

Origin of hyle

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”)