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morph

[mawrf]
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noun
  1. 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).
  2. Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to transform (an image) by computer.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formsmor·phic, adjective

morph-

  1. variant of morpho- before a vowel: morpheme.
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-morph

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

< Greek -morphos; see -morphous
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Related Words

transformaltermodifycontortdistortdeformdoctormutaterecastwringtransmute

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British Dictionary definitions for morph

morph1

noun
  1. linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
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Word Origin

C20: shortened form of morpheme

morph2

noun
  1. biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek morphē shape

morph3

verb
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
  2. to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon
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noun
  1. a morphed image
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-morph

n combining form
  1. indicating shape, form, or structure of a specified kindectomorph
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Derived Forms-morphic or -morphous, adj combining form-morphy, n combining form

Word Origin

from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape
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Word Origin and History for morph

as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morph in Medicine

-morph

suff.
  1. Form; shape; structure:endomorph.
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morph in Science

morph

[môrf]
  1. A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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