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.
Round, fat, and heavy.
1. Any form of life too low to be classified as animal or vegetable.
2. Life form that cannot be classified as animal or vegetable.
Characterized by incomplete metamorphosis; having the same number of body segments in successive stages.
1. Passing several stages of growth in the same form, especially of segmented insects.
2. Regeneration of a part of an organism by extensive cell proliferation and differentiation at the cut surface.
In zoology, an abnormal male ant that resembles a worker in certain characteristics.
A reference to an ant, or other social insect, in which the worker and the male characters are blended.
A reference to social insects in which worker and female characters are blended.
A social insect with normal male genitalia and a worker-like body; an ergatoid male; an ergataner.
A reference to the preservation of or keeping the the natural form of a cell.
The preservation of or protecting the natural form of a cell.
In petrography, belonging to or having the characters of exomorphism.
1. A change in a rock mass caused by the intrusion of external igneous material; in the usual sense, contact metamorphism.

Metamorphism is a process of change in the physical structure of rock as a result of long-term heat and pressure, especially a change that increases the rock's hardness and crystalline structure

2. In petrography, that variety of contact-metamorphism which is developed, in the surrounding walls, by an intruded mass of eruptive rock.

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