Definition of crasis
1a obsolete : a blend or combination of constituents b archaic : constitution
2 : a contraction of two vowels or diphthongs especially in Latin and Greek at the end of one word and the beginning of an immediately following word into one long vowel or diphthong (as in Latin cogo for coago and in Greek kan for kai an)
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Origin and Etymology of crasis
New Latin, from Greek krasis mixing, combination, from kerannynai to mix — more at crater
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