tmesis

noun
tme·​sis | \ (tə-)ˈmē-səs How to pronounce tmesis (audio) \

Definition of tmesis

: separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words (such as what place soever for whatsoever place)

First Known Use of tmesis

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tmesis

Late Latin, from Greek tmēsis act of cutting, from temnein to cut — more at tome

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“Tmesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tmesis. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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