Hyle definitions

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