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epenthesis

[uh-pen-thuh-sis] /əˈpɛn θə sɪs/
noun, plural epentheses
[uh-pen-thuh-seez] /əˈpɛn θəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word, as the schwa in the nonstandard pronunciation
[el-uh m] /ˈɛl əm/ (Show IPA)
of elm.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin: insertion of a letter < Greek epénthesis equivalent to ep- ep- + en- en-2 + thésis placing; see thesis
Related forms
epenthetic
[ep-uh n-thet-ik] /ˌɛp ənˈθɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for epenthesis
  • In phonology, a frequent phenomenon is epenthesis, which consists of the insertion of an additional vowel.
British Dictionary definitions for epenthesis

epenthesis

/ɛˈpɛnθɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
the insertion of a sound or letter into a word
Derived Forms
epenthetic (ˌɛpɛnˈθɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from epentithenai to insert, from epi- + en-² + tithenai to place
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