morph

[mawrf]
noun
1.
Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment. Compare allomorph ( def 2 ).
2.
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
3.
to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin:
1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph

morphic, adjective
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morph1 (mɔːf)
 
n
linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
 
[C20: shortened form of morpheme]

morph2 (mɔːf)
 
n
biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
 
[C20: from Greek morphē shape]

morph3 (mɔːf)
 
vb
1.  to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
2.  to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or character: he morphed from nerd into pop icon
 
n
3.  a morphed image

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Word Origin & History

morph
as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing.
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Medical Dictionary

-morph suff.
Form; shape; structure: endomorph.

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morph   (môrf)  Pronunciation Key 
A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
morph
  1. metamorphose

  2. morphine

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Example sentences for morphs
The term is also used when the mimic imitates other morphs within the same species.
The underparts of both morphs are whitish and streaked with brown.
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