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A distinctive unit of linguistic structure: semanteme.
[French -ème, from phonème, phoneme; see phoneme.]
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suffix forming nouns
linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a language: morpheme; phoneme.
[C20: via French, abstracted from phoneme]
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a suffix used principally in linguistics to form nouns with the sense “significant contrastive unit,” at the level of language specified by the stem: morpheme; grapheme.
[extracted from phoneme]
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