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.

—Compiled from
Words from the Myths by Isaac Asimov;
Houghton Mifflin Company; Boston; 1961; pages 43-44.
tetramorphism
Characterized by displaying four different forms.
tetramorphy
An arrangement of four different elements, shapes, or forms.
theomorphic (adjective)
Being in the form or likeness of a deity; having a godlike form or aspect.
theriomorph
1. A representation of an animal form in art.
2. Having the form or characteristics of a wild animal.
3. A reference to a deity worshipped in the form of a beast; partly animal and partly human in form.
theromorph
An animal form or shape.
thigmomorphic
A descriptive word for a change in form as a result of being touched.
thigmomorphosis
1. A change in form due to contact or touch.
2. Structural change due to contact.
trimorphic
1. Having flowers with pistils and stamens of three different relative lengths.
2. In zoology, exhibiting three different forms (colorations, etc.) in different individuals of a species, or of a colony of polyps.
trimorphism
1. A condition in which there are three distinct forms; such as, a plant or an insect.
2. Existence under three forms, as in holometabolous insects that pass through larval, pupal, and imago stages.
trimorphous
Existing under three forms; marked by trimorphism.
xenomorphic
A reference to an unusual form or having a strange form or shape.
xenomorphosis
In geology, the texture of igneous rocks in which the crystals are not bounded by their own crystal faces and whose forms are impressed upon them by adjacent preexisting crystals.
xeromorph, xeromorphy, xeromorphism
Plant forms that are adapted to an arid environment.
xeromorphic
1. A reference to plants that have structural or functional adaptations to prevent water loss by evaporation.
2. Structurally adapted for survival under arid contitions.
zoomorph
1. The representation of gods as animals or the attributing of animal characteristics to gods.
2. The use of animal figures in art and design or of animal symbols in literature.
3. A design element that depicts an animal; such as, those found in cave paintings or drawings.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; form-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; -oid; typo-.