heteroclite

noun
het·​ero·​clite | \ ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌklīt How to pronounce heteroclite (audio) \
plural heteroclites

Definition of heteroclite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 linguistics
a : a word that is irregular in inflection
b in Indo-European languages : a noun possessing heteroclitic inflection
2 : one that deviates from common forms or rules

heteroclite

adjective

Definition of heteroclite (Entry 2 of 2)

: deviating from common rules or forms

First Known Use of heteroclite

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heteroclite

Adjective

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin heteroclitus, from Greek heteroklitos, from heter- + klinein to lean, inflect — more at lean

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3 Sep 2020

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“Heteroclite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteroclite. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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