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by-form

[bahy-fawrm]
noun Linguistics.
  1. a closely related and sometimes less frequent form, as spelt for spelled; variant.
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Origin of by-form

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for by-form

by-form

noun
  1. a subsidiary or variant form
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