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(Mor*phog"e*ny) n. [form + root of to be born.] (Biol.) History of the evolution of forms; that
part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms; distinguished from physiogeny. Haeckel.
(Mor`pho*log"ic Mor`pho*log"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. morphologique.] (Biol.) Of, pertaining to, or
according to, the principles of morphology. Mor`pho*log"ic*al*ly, adv.
(Mor*phol"o*gist) n. (Biol.) One who is versed in the science of morphology.
(Mor*phol"o*gy) n. [Gr. form + -logy: cf. F. morphologie.] (Biol.) That branch of biology
which deals with the structure of animals and plants, treating of the forms of organs and describing their
varieties, homologies, and metamorphoses. See Tectology, and Promorphology.
(Mor"phon) n. [Gr. p. pr. of to form.] (Biol.) A morphological individual, characterized by
definiteness of form, in distinction from bion, a physiological individual. See Tectology. Haeckel.
Of morphons there are six orders or categories: 1. Plastids or elementary organisms. 2. Organs, homoplastic
or heteroplastic. 3. Antimeres 4. Metameres 5. Personæ (shoots or buds of plants, individuals in the
narrowest sense among the higher animals). 6. Corms For orders 2, 3, and 4 the term idorgan has
been recently substituted. See Idorgan.
(Mor*phon"o*my) n. [Gr. form + a law.] (Biol.) The laws of organic formation.
(Mor"pho*phy`ly) n. [Gr. form + a clan.] (Biol.) The tribal history of forms; that part of
phylogeny which treats of the tribal history of forms, in distinction from the tribal history of functions.
(||Mor*pho"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. form, fr. form.] (Biol.) The order or mode of development of
an organ or part.
(Mor*phot"ic) a. [Gr. fit for forming.] (Physiol.) Connected with, or becoming an integral
part of, a living unit or of the morphological framework; as, morphotic, or tissue, proteids. Foster.
(-mor"phous) A combining form denoting form, shape; as, isomorphous.
(Mor"pi*on) n. [F., fr. mordre to bite + L. pedis louse.] (Zoöl.) A louse. Hudibras.
(Mor"rice) n. Same as 1st Morris.
(Mor"rice), a. Dancing the morrice; dancing.
In shoals and bands, a morrice train.Wordsworth.
(Mor"ri*cer) n. A morris dancer. [Obs.]
(Mor"ri*mal) n. & a. See Mormal.
(Mor"ris) n. [Sp. morisco Moorish, fr. Moro a Moor: cf. F. moresque, It. moresca.]
1. A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who accompanies the dance with castanets.
2. A dance formerly common in England, often performed in pagenats, processions, and May games.
The dancers, grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and
other fictitious characters.