morph

[ mawrf ]
/ mɔrf /

noun

Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.Compare allomorph(def 2).
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.

verb (used with object)

to transform (an image) by computer.

verb (used without object)

to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

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Origin of morph

1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph

OTHER WORDS FROM morph

mor·phic, adjective

Definition for morph (2 of 3)

morph-

variant of morpho- before a vowel: morpheme.

Definition for morph (3 of 3)

-morph

a combining form meaning “form, structure,” of the kind specified by the initial element: isomorph.

Origin of -morph

< Greek -morphos; see -morphous
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British Dictionary definitions for morph (1 of 4)

morph1
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Word Origin for morph

C20: shortened form of morpheme

British Dictionary definitions for morph (2 of 4)

morph2
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Word Origin for morph

C20: from Greek morphē shape

British Dictionary definitions for morph (3 of 4)

morph3
/ (mɔːf) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon

noun

a morphed image

British Dictionary definitions for morph (4 of 4)

-morph

n combining form

indicating shape, form, or structure of a specified kindectomorph

Derived forms of -morph

-morphic or -morphous, adj combining form-morphy, n combining form

Word Origin for -morph

from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape
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Medical definitions for morph

-morph

suff.

Form; shape; structure:endomorph.
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Scientific definitions for morph

morph
[ môrf ]

A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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