hyphaeresis

noun hy·phaer·e·sis \ hī-ˈfer-ə-səs ; especially British -ˈfir- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of hyphaeresis

: the omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the body of a word

Origin and Etymology of hyphaeresis

borrowed from Greek hyphaíresis "taking from below, subtraction, omission of a letter," from hyphaireîn "to draw from under, pilfer, subtract" (from hyp- hyp- + haireîn "to take, grasp," of obscure origin) + -sis -sis


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