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by-form

[ bahy-fawrm ]

noun

, Linguistics.
  1. a closely related and sometimes less frequent form, as spelt for spelled; variant.


by-form

noun

  1. a subsidiary or variant form


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Word History and Origins

Origin of by-form1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

Anowed, or the doubtful by-form anowed 'adorned', is probably the true reading.

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