synizesis

noun
syn·​i·​ze·​sis | \ ˌsi-nə-ˈzē-səs How to pronounce synizesis (audio) \

Definition of synizesis

: contraction of two syllables into one by uniting in pronunciation two adjacent vowels

First Known Use of synizesis

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synizesis

Late Latin, from Greek synizēsis, from synizein to sit down together, collapse, blend, from syn- + hizein to sit down; akin to Latin sidere to sit down — more at subside

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“Synizesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synizesis. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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