- variant of -morphous: anthropomorphic.
Origin of -morphic
- 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).
- Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
- to transform (an image) by computer.
- to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.
Origin of morph
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Examples from the Web for morphic
The pyroxene is morphic, yellow or green, and is surrounded by formless areas of nepheline.
- linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
C20: shortened form of morpheme
- biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
C20: from Greek morphē shape
- to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
- to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon
- a morphed image
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Word Origin and History for morphic
as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).
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- Having a specified shape or form:homomorphic.
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- A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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