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tmesis

[tuh-mee-sis] /təˈmi sɪs/
noun
1.
the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin tmēsis < Greek tmḗsis a cutting, equivalent to tmē- (variant stem of témnein to cut) + -sis -sis
Related forms
tmetic [tuh-met-ik] /təˈmɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA), adjective
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tmesis

/təˈmiːsɪs; ˈmiːsɪs/
noun
1.
interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut
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Word Origin and History for tmeses
tmesis
1577, from Gk. tmesis "a cutting," related to temnein "to cut," tome "a cutting" (see tome). The separation of the elements of a compound word by the interposition of another word or words (e.g. a whole nother).
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