se·man·teme | \ sə̇ˈmanˌtēm \
Definition of semanteme
: a word (as the noun dog, the verb run, the adjective new, the concrete adverb fast) or a base (as Latin can- in canis “dog”, curr- in currere “to run”, nov- in novus “new”) that expresses a definite image or idea —distinguished from morpheme
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