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- suffix biology, forming adjectives Having parts of the specified quality.
- suffix forming adjectives Comprising the specified number of parts.
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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.
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