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1. A linguistic element that always occurs as part of another word, such as -ly in lovely.
2. The form taken by a noun in a Semitic language when the noun is followed directly by a possessor noun or by a possessive pronoun suffix.
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|Noun||1.||bound form - a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an -s at the end of plural nouns|
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
affix - a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form