lexeme


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  1. a lexical unit in a language, as a word or base; vocabulary item.

noun

  1. linguistics a minimal meaningful unit of language, the meaning of which cannot be understood from that of its component morphemes. Take off (in the senses to mimic, to become airborne, etc) is a lexeme, as well as the independent morphemes take and off

n.1937, from lexicon + -eme, ending abstracted from morpheme. Related: Lexemic.
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