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aphesis

[af-uh-sis] /ˈæf ə sɪs/
noun, Historical Linguistics
1.
the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.
Origin
1880
1880; < Greek áphesis a letting go, equivalent to aphe- (variant stem of aphiénai to let go, set free; ap- ap-2 + hiénai to send) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for apheses

aphesis

/ˈæfɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the gradual disappearance of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word, as in squire from esquire
Derived Forms
aphetic (əˈfɛtɪk) adjective
aphetically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from aphienai to set free, send away
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