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catalexis

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noun, cat·a·lex·is \ˌka-tə-ˈlek-səs\

Definition of catalexis

plural catalexesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  omission or incompleteness usually in the last foot of a line in metrical verse



Origin of catalexis

New Latin, from Greek katalēxis close, cadence, from katalēgein


First Known Use: 1830


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