A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1726, from Greek elleiptikos "pertaining to an ellipse," from elleipein (see ellipsis).
1650s, "elliptic in shape;" see elliptic + -al (1). Grammatical sense of "missing essential words or phrases" is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis). Related: Elliptically.