Definition of hyphaeresis
: the omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the body of a word — compare syncope 2a
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Origin and Etymology of hyphaeresis
Greek hyphairesis, from hyphairein to take from under, subtract, from hypo- + hairein to take — more at heresy
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