morpheme

[mawr-feem]
noun Linguistics.
any of the minimal grammatical units of a language, each constituting a word or meaningful part of a word, that cannot be divided into smaller independent grammatical parts, as the, write, or the -ed of waited. Compare allomorph ( def 2 ), morph ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1895–1900; < French morphème; see morph-, -eme

morphemic, adjective
morphemically, adverb
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morpheme (ˈmɔːfiːm)
 
n
linguistics a speech element having a meaning or grammatical function that cannot be subdivided into further such elements
 
[C20: from French, from Greek morphē form, coined on the model of phoneme; see -eme]
 
mor'phemic
 
adj
 
mor'phemically
 
adv

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morpheme
1896, "part of a word which contains the affixes," from Fr. morphème, coined from Gk. morphe "form, shape" (see morphine), on analogy of phonème.
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These meaningful parts are called morphemes, and the study of them is called morphology.
Base words may be free or bound morphemes to which affixes or inflectional endings may be added.
Notes evidence that backward readers might have difficulties with spelling morphemes.
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