See also: Morpheme and morphème

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From French morphème, equivalent to morph +‎ -eme. Ultimately from Ancient Greek μορφή (morphḗ, shape, form).

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  • The word pigs consists of two morphemes: pig (a particular animal) and s (indication of the plural).
  • The word werewolves consists of three morphemes: were (~ man), wolf (a particular animal), es (plural).
  • The word feet consists of two morphemes: foot (a body part) and i-mutation (plural).

morpheme (plural morphemes)

  1. (linguistic morphology) The smallest linguistic unit within a word that can carry a meaning. It may be a letter, a syllable, or otherwise.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:morpheme
    Coordinate terms: chereme, chroneme, grapheme, lexeme, listeme, phoneme, sememe, taxeme, toneme

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