cranberry morpheme

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From the cran- of cranberry as an archetype. Cran- is from Low German Kraan (crane), but is now a bound morpheme, hence an example of a cranberry morpheme.


cranberry morpheme (plural cranberry morphemes)

  1. (linguistics) A bound morpheme within a complex word that is a fossil and whose meaning is opaque to the present speakers of the language. May refer narrowly to morphemes which occur in a single word, or more broadly to fossilized morphemes generally.

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