anac·​la·​sis | \ əˈnakləsə̇s \
plural anaclases\ -​əˌsēz \

Definition of anaclasis

: an exchange of place between a short syllable and a preceding long one that is frequent in ionic rhythms

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First Known Use of anaclasis

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anaclasis

New Latin, from Greek anaklasis act of bending back, reflection, from anaklan to bend back, reflect (from ana- + klan to break) + -sis

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“Anaclasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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