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From French morphème. Ultimately from Ancient Greek (morph?, "shape, form").
morpheme (plural morphemes)
- (linguistic morphology) The smallest linguistic unit within a word that can carry a meaning, such as "un-", "break", and "-able" in the word "unbreakable".
- The word pigs consists of two morphemes: pig (a particular animal) and s (indication of the plural).
- The word werewolves consists of three morphemes: were (~ man), wolf (a particular animal), es (plural)
- The word feet consists of two morphemes: foot (a body part) and i-mutation (plural)