-merous

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the suffixation of the French -mère and its etymon the Ancient Greek -μερής (-merēs) (“having (the specified number of) parts”, “sharing”: the combining form of μέρος (meros, part)) with the English -ous; compare the English -mer and -mere, as well as the French -mère and the German -mer.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-merous

  1. (biology, forming adjectives) Having parts of the specified quality.
  2. (chiefly botany and zoology, forming adjectives) Comprising the specified number of parts.

Usage notesEdit

  1. In biological descriptions, it is common to use numbers instead the Greek prefixes.

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Last modified on 29 January 2014, at 07:56