Etymology
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Words related to -form

form (n.)
c. 1200, forme, fourme, "semblance, image, likeness," from Old French forme, fourme, "physical form, appearance; pleasing looks; shape, image; way, manner" (12c.), from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks; a fine form, beauty; an outline, a model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," a word of unknown origin. One theory holds that it is from or cognate with Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein].

From c. 1300 as "physical shape (of something), contour, outline," of a person, "shape of the body;" also "appearance, likeness;" also "the imprint of an object." From c. 1300 as "correct or appropriate way of doing something; established procedure; traditional usage; formal etiquette." Mid-14c. as "instrument for shaping; a mould;" late 14c. as "way in which something is done," also "pattern of a manufactured object." Used widely from late 14c. in theology and Platonic philosophy with senses "archetype of a thing or class; Platonic essence of a thing; the formative principle." From c. 1300 in law, "a legal agreement; terms of agreement," later "a legal document" (mid-14c.). Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 1855. From 1590s as "systematic or orderly arrangement;" from 1610s as "mere ceremony." From 1550s as "a class or rank at school" (from sense "a fixed course of study," late 14c.). Form-fitting (adj.) in reference to clothing is from 1893.
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aviform (adj.)

"bird-shaped, resembling a bird," 1885, from Latin avis "bird" (from PIE root *awi- "bird") + -form.

coliform (adj.)

"resembling a bacillus of the coli group," 1894, from coli (see E. coli) + -form. Earlier (1850s) an identical word meant "resembling a sieve," from Latin colum "strainer" (see colander).

cribriform (adj.)

"sieve-like, riddled with small holes," 1741, from Latin cribrum "a sieve" (from PIE root *krei- "to sieve") + -form.

fungiform (adj.)
"mushroom-shaped," 1801, from stem of fungus + -form.
fusiform (adj.)
"spindle-shaped," 1746, from Latin fusus "a spindle" (see fuse (n.)) + -form.
hominiform (adj.)
"of human shape," 1670s, from stem of Latin homo (see homunculus) + -form.
linguiform (adj.)
"tongue-shaped," 1753, from Latin lingua "tongue" (from PIE root *dnghu- "tongue") + -form.
moniliform (adj.)

"resembling a string of beads," 1787, from Latin monile "collar, necklace," from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" + -form.

reniform (adj.)

in science, "having the form or shape of a (human) kidney," 1753, from Latin renes "kidneys" (see renal) + -form.