aphesis

noun
aph·​e·​sis | \ ˈa-fə-səs How to pronounce aphesis (audio) \
plural apheses\ ˈa-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce aphesis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce aphesis (audio) \ adjective
aphetically \ ə-​ˈfe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aphesis (audio) \ 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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“Aphesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphesis. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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