aphesis

noun
aph·e·sis | \ˈa-fə-səs \
plural apheses\-ˌsēz \

Definition of aphesis 

: aphaeresis consisting of the loss of a short unaccented vowel (as in lone for alone)

Other Words from aphesis

aphetic \ə-ˈfe-tik \ adjective
aphetically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of aphesis

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphesis

New Latin, from Greek, release, from aphienai to let go, from apo- + hienai to send — more at jet

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