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[eem] /im/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
Origin of eme
before 1000; Middle English eem(e), Old English ēam; cognate with Dutch oom, German (arch.) Ohm, Oheim; akin to uncle


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.
extracted from phoneme Unabridged
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  • But when darkness fell, unknown hands—were they the hands of eme Ete?

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • But there was one who was kind to her, eme Ete, a sister of the chief, who had a sad story.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • Many weights of lead and marble were found here; one with the inscription, "eme et habebis" (Buy and you shall have), also scales.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • eme Ete came and knelt before her brother and begged him to set free one of them, a weak and timid creature, and this was done.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • eme Ete sent Ma a secret message, and she rose and followed him, and coaxed him to take the native oath instead of the ordeal.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • In the swift way that only natives know about, eme Ete received news of it.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • Above the door of a house, once inhabited by a surgeon, occurs the following laconic intimation:—“eme et habebis.”

  • Whence comes, let us ask, the name ‘eme’ and the later form, ‘emu.’

British Dictionary definitions for eme


(linguistics) indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a language: morpheme, phoneme
Word Origin
C20: via French, abstracted from phoneme
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Word Origin and History for eme


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

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