aphesis /ˈafɪsɪs/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Linguistics] the gradual loss of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word (e.g. of e from esquire to form squire).
II. derivatives

1. aphetic /əˈfɛtɪk /
adjective


2. aphetically
adverb


– origin late 19th cent.: from Greek, literally ‘letting go’, from apo ‘from’ + hienai ‘let go, send’.

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