Meaning of MORPH in English


Pronunciation: ' mo ̇ rf

Function: noun

Etymology: back-formation from morpheme

Date: 1947

1 a : ALLOMORPH b : a distinctive collocation of phones (as a portmanteau form) that serves as the realization of more than one morpheme in a context (as the French du for the sequence of de and le )

2 a : a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms and is distinguishable from other populations by morphology or behavior though capable of interbreeding with them b : a phenotypic variant of a species

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