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EtymologyEdit

semantic +‎ -eme

NounEdit

semanteme (plural semantemes)

  1. (linguistics) an indivisible unit of meaning.
    • 1956, Anthony Burgess, Time for a Tiger (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 53:
      Toong Cheong spoke more rapidly now, and urgency and embarrassment reduced his speech to essential semantemes.