heteroclitic

adjective

Definition of heteroclitic

1 of a word : irregular in inflection
2 of nouns in Indo-European languages : having different stem forms depending on grammatical case especially : having a stem ending in r in the nominative and accusative cases (as in Latin femur "thigh" or Hittite wātar "water") and n in the other cases (as in feminis and witenaš, the genitive forms of femur and wātar)

First Known Use of heteroclitic

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heteroclitic

heteroclite entry 1 + -ic entry 1

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“Heteroclitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteroclitic. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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