penultima

noun

pen·​ul·​ti·​ma pi-ˈnəl-tə-mə How to pronounce penultima (audio)
: the second to last syllable of a word : penult
The penultima is stressed in the English word "gorilla."
In Hebrew … , the primary stress occurs most commonly by far on the ultima, i.e. the last syllable, or on the penultima, i.e. the syllable preceding the last.Paul Joüon et al.
… the original tone is shifted from the final syllable to the penultimaFriedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Gesenius et al.

Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penultima was in 1589

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“Penultima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penultima. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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