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cheville

[shuh-vee] /ʃəˈvi/
noun, Prosody
1.
a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.
Compare expletive (def 2).
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < French: plug, peg < Latin clāvicula tendril. See clavicle
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