morpho-, morph-, -morphous, -morphically, -morphia, -morphosis, -morphously, -morphy, -morphic, -morphism
(Greek: shape, form, figure, appearance)
Origins of morpho- words
The Roman god of sleep is Somnus; so, when we are sleepy, we are "somnolent". Sleep walking is "somnambulism" which in Latin means exactly the same thing; that is, "sleepwalking".
The son of Somnus is Morpheus, the god of dreams, indicating that sleep gives birth to dreams. Morpheus goes back through Latin to the Greek word for "form" or "shape" because dreams are forms and shapes developed in the mind while sleeping.
2. Fish-shaped; as, the ichthyomorphic idols of ancient Assyria.
2. Having its own characteristic form; specifically, having its characteristic crystallographic faces:;said of one of the constituent minerals of a rock.
2. Equal in form; crystallizing in the same form.
3. A line in a linguistic atlas connecting places exhibiting identical or nearly identical morphological forms; a morphological isogloss.
4. A substance or organism that exhibits similarity in form or appearance to others.
5. An animal, plant, or group having superficial similarity to another; although phylogenetically different.
2. A description of mathematical sets with a one-to-one correspondence so that an operation; such as, addition or multiplication in one produces the same result as the analogous operation in the other.
3. Having a similar structure or appearance but being of a different ancestry.
2. At or near the earth's surface or the outer zone of the solid earth in which the alterations of rocks result in the production of simple compounds from more complex ones.
It is subdivided into an "outer belt of weathering" and an "inner belt of cementation".
2. Bears and deer are "lipomorphs" of Africa south of the Atlas, and Felis or cats in Australia.
3. Also known as lipotype.
2. An individual with a robust, muscular body build caused by the predominance of structures developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer.
3. An individual having a type of body build in which tissues derived from the mesoderm predominate.
There is a relative preponderance of muscle, bone, and connective tissue, usually with a heavy, hard physique; a somatotype (body type) classified between ectomorph (physiological type that is tall with long lean limbs) and endomorph (a stocky build with a prominent abdomen).
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; form-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; -oid; typo-.