seme

noun
\ˈsēm \

Definition of seme 

1 : a linguistic sign

2 : any of the basic components of the meaning of a morpheme

First Known Use of seme

circa 1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seme

Greek sēma sign

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