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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἄφεσις (áphesis, letting go), from ἀφίημι (aphíēmi), from ἀπό (apó, off) + ἵημι (híēmi, send forth).

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aphesis (countable and uncountable, plural apheses)

  1. (linguistics, prosody) The loss of the initial unstressed vowel of a word.
    The word "scarp" is derived from "escarp" by aphesis.

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  • prothesis (addition of the beginning of a word)
  • apocope (omission at the end of a word)

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