- the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word, as the schwa in the nonstandard pronunciation [el-uh m] /ˈɛl əm/ of elm.
Origin of epenthesis
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Epenthesis is the insertion of a sound which facilitates pronunciation, such as that of b in Fr.The Romance of Names
Epenthesis, e-pen′the-sis, n. the insertion of a letter or syllable within a word.
Consicio, contrary to Epenthesis, is when somewhat is cutte of from the myddeste of the worde, as: Idolatry for Idololatry.A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes
- the insertion of a sound or letter into a word
C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from epentithenai to insert, from epi- + en- ² + tithenai to place
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