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catalexis

noun cat·a·lex·is \ˌka-tə-ˈlek-səs\
plural cat·a·lex·es\-ˌsēz\

Definition of CATALEXIS

:  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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