: substance having a (specified) form, quality, or appearance

Word History


borrowed from Greek -phanēs "appearing," adjective derivative from the stem of phaínō, phaínein (active voice) "to bring to light, cause to appear," and phaínomai, phaínesthai (middle voice) "to become visible, come to light, appear" — more at fantasy entry 1

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“-phane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-phane. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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