aphaeresis

noun
aphaer·​e·​sis | \ ə-ˈfer-ə-səs How to pronounce aphaeresis (audio) \
plural aphaereses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce aphaereses (audio) \

Definition of aphaeresis

: the loss of one or more sounds or letters at the beginning of a word (as in round for around and coon for raccoon)

Other Words from aphaeresis

aphaeretic \ ˌa-​fə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce aphaeretic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of aphaeresis

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphaeresis

Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, literally, taking off, from aphairein to take away, from apo- + hairein to take

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