lip·​o·​gram | \ˈlipəˌgram, ˈlī-\

Definition of lipogram 

: a writing composed of words not having a certain letter (as the Odyssey of Tryphiodorus which had no alpha in the first book, no beta in the second, and so on)

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History and Etymology for lipogram

Middle Greek lipogrammatos, adjective, lacking a letter, from Greek lipo- lipo- entry 2 + -grammatos (from grammat-, gramma letter)

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