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

Noun

borrowed from Late Latin heterocliton, noun derivative from neuter of heteroclitos "irregularly inflected" — more at heteroclite entry 2

Adjective

borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French ethroclite, etroclite, hetheroclite "strange, unusual, irregularly declined," borrowed from Late Latin heteroclitos "irregularly inflected," borrowed from Greek heteróklitos, from hetero- hetero- + -klitos, verbal adjective of klī́nein "to cause to lean, put at a slant, inflect (parts of speech)" — more at lean entry 1

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The first known use of heteroclite was in 1580

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“Heteroclite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteroclite. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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