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aphaeresis

noun aphaer·e·sis \ə-ˈfer-ə-səs\
plural aphaer·e·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of APHAERESIS

:  the loss of one or more sounds or letters at the beginning of a word (as in round for around and coon for raccoon)
aph·ae·ret·ic \ˌa-fə-ˈre-tik\ adjective

Origin of APHAERESIS

Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, literally, taking off, from aphairein to take away, from apo- + hairein to take
First Known Use: circa 1550

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