Definition of motifeme in English:

motifeme

noun

  • In the study of folk tales: a story element, as a character, event, incident, circumstance, etc., usually one common to tales from many different sources.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Kenneth Pike (1912–2000). From motif + -eme.

Pronunciation

motifeme

/ˈməʊtɪfiːm//məʊˈtiːfiːm/