Pronunciation: (môr"fu-fō'nēm, môr"fō-), [key]
n. Ling.
1. an abstract phonological unit representing corresponding phonemes in different allomorphs of one morpheme. In English the symbol F may be used to represent a morphophoneme occurring in two related allomorphs, as f in leaf, but v in the plural leaves.
2. a phonological entity comprising a bundle of distinctive features used in the representation of a morpheme.
3. a symbol for a phonological alternation.

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