anaptyxis

noun
an·​ap·​tyx·​is
plural anaptyxes\ -​kˌsēz \

Definition of anaptyxis

: vowel epenthesis

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First Known Use of anaptyxis

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anaptyxis

New Latin, from Greek anaptyxis act of unfolding, from anaptyssein to unfold, from ana- + ptyssein to fold

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“Anaptyxis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anaptyxis. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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