noun di·er·e·sis \dī-ˈer-ə-səs, British also -ˈir-\

variant spelling of

  1. 1 :  a mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate that the vowel is pronounced in a separate syllable (as in naïve or Brontë) — compare umlaut

  2. 2 :  the break in a verse caused by the coincidence of the end of a foot with the end of a word

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