Definition of tmesis
: separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words (as what place soever for whatsoever place)
Origin and Etymology of tmesis
Late Latin, from Greek tmēsis act of cutting, from temnein to cut — more at tome
First Known Use: 1550
Rhymes with tmesis
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