See also: mérous

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

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

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

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