American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Having a specified kind or number of parts: isomerous.
- n. biology, forming adjectives Having parts of the specified quality.
- n. forming adjectives Comprising the specified number of parts.
- From the suffixation of the French -mère and its etymon the Ancient Greek -μερής (-merēs) (“having (the specified number of) parts”, “sharing”: the combining form of μέρος (meros, "part")) with the English -ous; compare the English -mer and -mere, as well as the French -mère and the German -mer. (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin -merus, from Greek -meros, from meros, part; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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