Origin of -mer
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WORDS THAT USE -MER
What does -mer mean?
The combining form -mer is used like a suffix to mean “part,” specifically in reference to portions of molecules. It is often used in scientific terms, especially in chemistry.
The form -mer comes from Greek méros, meaning “part, portion.” From this same source, we also get the combining forms -mere and -merous.
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Examples of -mer
An example of a word that features -mer is polymer, “a compound derived by the addition of many smaller molecules or by the condensation of many smaller molecules.” Polymer comes from Greek polymerḗs, which uses the equivalent form of -mer.
The first part of the word, poly-, is a combining form meaning “much, many.” The second part, -mer, means “part.” Polymer literally translates to “having many parts.”
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How to use -mer in a sentence
Schulze started recording after she and her husband noticed the stalled vehicle on the tracks in Mer Rouge, Louisiana.Anime Hologram Pop Stars, Return of ‘Fresh Prince’ Carlton, and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That trial unveiled financing links between the Cercle Wagram and the Brise de Mer, a Corsican organized crime group.
Ferracci is also a television actor who appears in “Mafiosa,” a series said to be inspired by the Brise de Mer gang.
La Mer . . . Crosby, Stills and Nash, Fritz Reiner, Adam Guettel.Judy Collins's New Book: Suicide, Alcoholism, Nude Photos, and More|Joseph Finder|December 3, 2011|DAILY BEAST
I mean, vai-is-mer, if you take the liberals out of the Jews, what do you have left?Obama Is Good for the Jews|Eric Alterman|August 28, 2010|DAILY BEAST
En fin il parvint Dieppe, & apres quelque sejour il se mit en mer le 26.
An empty stone hut beyond the mer de glace gave them shelter for the night.Rudy and Babette|Hans Christian Andersen
Before they left, they presented me with a quantity of bêche-de-mer, or sea-slugs, which make most excellent soup.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont|Louis de Rougemont
A-my thought there was no place like Grand-ma's for her sum-mer va-ca-tion.Pages for Laughing Eyes|Unknown
We walked quickly over the Mer de Glace, and in about three hours came to the difficult part.Life of John Coleridge Patteson|Charlotte M. Yonge