Definition of by-form in English:

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by-form

Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌfôrm/

noun

A secondary form of a word: historically, “inquire” is a by-form of “enquire.”
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  • She adds that ‘Hanani ‘is a by-form of ‘Hananiah ‘in other Biblical and extra-biblical texts.’
  • Harrow is a by-form of harry, a military term meaning to ‘make predatory raids or incursions’.
  • Under this hypothesis tammōr is simply a by-form of tadmōr.
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