aphesis

aphesis

[af-uh-sis]
noun Historical Linguistics.
the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.

Origin:
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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aphesis (ˈæfɪsɪs)
 
n
the gradual disappearance of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word, as in squire from esquire
 
[C19: from Greek, from aphienai to set free, send away]
 
aphetic
 
adj
 
a'phetically
 
adv

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