[ al-uh-mawrf ]
/ ˈæl əˌmɔrf /


any of two or more different forms of the same chemical compound.
Linguistics. one of the alternate contextually determined phonological shapes of a morpheme, as en in oxen, which is an allomorph of the English plural morpheme.Compare morph.
Mineralogy. paramorph.

Nearby words

  1. allomerism,
  2. allomerize,
  3. allometric,
  4. allometry,
  5. allomone,
  6. allomorphism,
  7. allonge,
  8. allongé,
  9. allons,
  10. allonym

Origin of allomorph

First recorded in 1865–70; allo- + -morph

Related formsal·lo·mor·phic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for allomorph


/ (ˈæləˌmɔːf) /


linguistics any of the phonological representations of a single morpheme. For example, the final (s) and (z) sounds of bets and beds are allomorphs of the English noun-plural morpheme
any of two or more different crystalline forms of a chemical compound, such as a mineral
Derived Formsallomorphic, adjective

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