tmetic

tmesis

[tuh-mee-sis]
noun
the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware.

Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin tmēsis < Greek tmḗsis a cutting, equivalent to tmē- (variant stem of témnein to cut) + -sis -sis

tmetic [tuh-met-ik] , adjective
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tmesis (təˈmiːsɪs, ˈmiːsɪs)
 
n
interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut]

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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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