lexeme

lexeme

[lek-seem]
noun Linguistics.
a lexical unit in a language, as a word or base; vocabulary item.

Origin:
1935–40; lex(ical) or lex(icon) + -eme

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lexeme (ˈlɛksiːm)
 
n
linguistics a minimal meaningful unit of language, the meaning of which cannot be understood from that of its component morphemes. Take off (in the senses to mimic, to become airborne, etc) is a lexeme, as well as the independent morphemes take and off
 
[C20: from lex(icon) + -eme]

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lexeme
1940, from lexicon + -eme, ending abstracted from morpheme.
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lexeme definition

grammar
A minimal lexical unit of a language. Lexical analysis converts strings in a language into a list of lexemes. For a programming language these word-like pieces would include keywords, identifiers, literals and punctutation. The lexemes are then passed to the parser for syntactic analysis.
(1996-04-06)

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