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epenthesis

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noun epen·the·sis \i-ˈpen(t)-thə-səs, e-\

Definition of epenthesis

plural epen·the·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word (as \ə\ in \ˈa-thə-ˌlēt\ athlete)

ep·en·thet·ic play \ˌe-pən-ˈthe-tik\ adjective


Origin of epenthesis

Late Latin, from Greek, from epentithenai to insert a letter, from epi- + entithenai to put in, from en- + tithenai to put — more at do


First Known Use: 1543


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