hidden quantity

noun

Latin prosody
: the quantity of a hidden vowel so situated that its natural quantity is not determinable by scansion (as when it comes before a double consonant or before two or more consecutive consonants other than a mute and a liquid in the same word)

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“Hidden quantity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hidden%20quantity. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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