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diaeresis

[dahy-er-uh-sis]
noun, plural diaereses [dahy-er-uh-seez] .

diaeretic [dahy-uh-ret-ik] , adjective
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diaeresis or dieresis (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  the mark ¨, in writing placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that it is to be pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong with the first, as in some spellings of coöperate, naïve, etc
2.  Compare umlaut this mark used for any other purpose, such as to indicate that a special pronunciation is appropriate to a particular vowel
3.  a pause in a line of verse occurring when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word
 
[C17: from Latin diarēsis, from Greek diairesis a division, from diairein, from dia- + hairein to take; compare heresy]
 
dieresis or dieresis (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs, -ˌsiːz)
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin diarēsis, from Greek diairesis a division, from diairein, from dia- + hairein to take; compare heresy]
 
diaeretic or dieresis
 
adj
 
dieretic or dieresis
 
adj

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