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 hypercatalexis (audio)
: the occurrence of an additional syllable after the final complete foot or dipody in a line of verse
hypercatalectic adjective

Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypercatalexis was circa 1890

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“Hypercatalexis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercatalexis. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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