synaloepha

noun syn·a·loe·pha \ˌsinəˈlēfə\
variants: or

synalepha

\ˌsinəˈlēfə\

Definition of synaloepha

plural

-s

  1. :  the blending into one syllable of two vowels of adjacent syllables (as by crasis, synaeresis, synizesis, elision); especially :  a contraction of syllables by obscuring or suppressing a vowel or diphthong at the end of a word before another vowel or diphtong (as in th' army, for the army)

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Origin and Etymology of synaloepha

New Latin, from Greek synaloiphē, synaliphē, from synaleiphein to clog up, coalesce, unite two syllables into one, from syn- + aleiphein to anoint, besmear; akin to Greek lipos fat — more at leave


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