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  1. 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.
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Origin of -eme

extracted from phoneme
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British Dictionary definitions for -eme

-eme

suffix forming nouns
  1. linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a languagemorpheme; phoneme
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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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