hypercatalexis

noun
hy·​per·​cat·​a·​lex·​is | \ ˌhī-pər-ˌka-tə-ˈlek-səs How to pronounce hypercatalexis (audio) \
plural hypercatalexes\ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈlek-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypercatalexes (audio) \

Definition of hypercatalexis

: the occurrence of an additional syllable after the final complete foot or dipody in a line of verse

Other Words from hypercatalexis

hypercatalectic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈlek-​tik How to pronounce hypercatalectic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of hypercatalexis

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypercatalexis

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The first known use of hypercatalexis was circa 1890

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“Hypercatalexis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercatalexis. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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