eme

eme

[eem]
noun Chiefly Scot.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English eem(e), Old English ēam; cognate with Dutch oom, German (arch.) Ohm, Oheim; akin to uncle

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-eme

a suffix used principally in linguistics to form nouns with the sense “significant contrastive unit,” at the level of language specified by the stem: morpheme; tagmeme.

Origin:
extracted from phoneme

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-eme
 
suffix forming nouns
linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a language: morpheme; phoneme
 
[C20: via French, abstracted from phoneme]

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-eme
in linguistics, noted as an active suffix and word-formation element from 1953; from Fr. -ème "unit, sound," from phonème (see phoneme).
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