hapax legomenon

noun
ha·​pax le·​go·​me·​non | \ ˌha-ˌpaks-li-ˈgä-mə-ˌnän How to pronounce hapax legomenon (audio) , ˌhä-ˌpäks-, -nən \
plural hapax legomena\ ˌha-​ˌpaks-​li-​ˈgä-​mə-​nə How to pronounce hapax legomenon (audio) , ˌhä-​ˌpäks-​ \

Definition of hapax legomenon

: a word or form occurring only once in a document or corpus

First Known Use of hapax legomenon

1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hapax legomenon

Greek, something said only once

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“Hapax legomenon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hapax%20legomenon. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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