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heteroclite

[het-er-uh-klahyt] /ˈhɛt ər əˌklaɪt/
adjective, Also, heteroclitic
[het-er-uh-klit-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈklɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
heteroclitical
1.
irregular or abnormal; anomalous.
2.
Grammar. irregular in inflection; having inflected forms belonging to more than one class of stems.
noun
3.
a person or thing that deviates from the ordinary rule or form.
4.
Grammar. a heteroclite word.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French < Late Latin heteroclitus < Greek heteróklitos, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + -klitos, verbid of klī́nein to bend, inflect
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British Dictionary definitions for heteroclite

heteroclite

/ˈhɛtərəˌklaɪt/
adjective
1.
(esp of the form of a word) irregular or unusual
noun
2.
an irregularly formed word
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin heteroclitus declining irregularly, from Greek heteroklitos, from hetero- + klinein to bend, inflect
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