synaloepha

synaloepha

[sin-l-ee-fuh]
noun
the blending of two successive vowels into one, especially the coalescence of a vowel at the end of one word with a vowel at the beginning of the next.
Also, synalepha, synalephe [sin-l-ee-fee] .


Origin:
1530–40; < Neo-Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ, equivalent to syn- syn- + aloiph-, aliph- (variant stems of aleíphein to smear) + feminine noun suffix

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synalepha or synaloepha (ˌsɪnəˈliːfə)
 
n
linguistics vowel elision, esp as it arises when one word ends in a vowel and the following word begins with one
 
[C16: from Late Latin synaloepha, from Greek sunaliphē, from syn- + aleiphein to melt, smear]
 
synaloepha or synaloepha
 
n
 
[C16: from Late Latin synaloepha, from Greek sunaliphē, from syn- + aleiphein to melt, smear]

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