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aphesis

noun aph·e·sis \ˈa-fə-səs\
plural aph·e·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of APHESIS

:  aphaeresis consisting of the loss of a short unaccented vowel (as in lone for alone)
aphet·ic \ə-ˈfe-tik\ adjective
aphet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of APHESIS

New Latin, from Greek, release, from aphienai to let go, from apo- + hienai to send — more at jet
First Known Use: 1880

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