Origin of -morphous
Words nearby -morphous
WORDS THAT USE -MORPHOUS
What does -morphous mean?
The form –morphous comes from Greek –morphos, meaning “possessing a form,” ultimately from Greek morphḗ, meaning “form.”
What are variants of –morphous?
In some terms, the form –morphous becomes –morphic, as in xenomorphic. Additional related combining forms include morph–, morpho–, and –morphism. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on all four combining forms.
Examples of -morphous
One example of a scientific term that features the form –morphous is rhizomorphous, “rootlike in form.”
The combining form rhizo– means “root,” from Greek rhíza. The form –morphous means “having the form [of],” as we have seen. Rhizomorphous literally translates to “having the shape of a root.”
What are some words that use the combining form –morphous?
- dimorphous (using the equivalent form of –morphous in Greek)
- gynecomorphous (using the equivalent form of –morphous in Greek)
- polymorphous (using the equivalent form of –morphous in Greek)
What are some other forms that –morphous may be commonly confused with?