noun tme·sis \(tə-)ˈmē-səs\

Definition of tmesis

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

Origin and Etymology of tmesis

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

First Known Use: 1550

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