synizesis

noun syn·i·ze·sis \ ˌsi-nə-ˈzē-səs \

Definition of synizesis

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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