allomorph(redirected from Allomorphy)
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Any of the variant forms of a morpheme. For example, the phonetic (s) of cats (kăts), (z) of pigs (pĭgz), and (ĭz) horses (hôr′sĭz) are allomorphs of the English plural morpheme.
1. (Linguistics) linguistics any of the phonological representations of a single morpheme. For example, the final (s) and (z) sounds of bets and beds are allomorphs of the English noun-plural morpheme
2. (Chemistry) any of two or more different crystalline forms of a chemical compound, such as a mineral
one of the alternate forms of a morpheme, as the plural form -en in oxen, the -es in stitches, and the vowel in men.
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|Noun||1.||allomorph - any of several different crystalline forms of the same chemical compound; "calcium carbonate occurs in the allomorphs calcite and aragonite"|
|2.||allomorph - a variant phonological representation of a morpheme; "the final sounds of `bets' and `beds' and `horses' and `oxen' are allomorphs of the English plural morpheme"|
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
morphophoneme - (linguistics) the phonemes (or strings of phonemes) that constitute the various allomorphs of a morpheme