Origin of morpheme
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- linguistics a speech element having a meaning or grammatical function that cannot be subdivided into further such elements
Word Origin for morpheme
C20: from French, from Greek morphē form, coined on the model of phoneme; see -eme
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"part of a word which contains the affixes," 1896, from German morpheme, coined 1895 by Polish-born linguist Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845–1929), from Greek morphe "form, shape" (see Morpheus), on analogy of phonème.
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