Definition of morphew in English:

morphew

noun

historical, archaic
  • Any of various skin diseases characterized by localized or generalized discoloration of the skin.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Lanfranc's Science of Cirurgie. Partly from Anglo-Norman and Middle French morphé (1240 in Anglo-Norman; also in Old French as morfoies, plural, morphee, morfea; French morphée), partly from their probable immediate etymon Italian morfea, and partly from their ultimate etymon post-classical Latin morphea, of uncertain origin; perhaps shortened from ancient Greek ἀμορϕία unsightliness, ugliness from ἀ- + μορϕή + -ία.

Pronunciation

morphew

/ˈmɔːfjuː/