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hapax legomenon

[hap-aks li-gom-uh-non, hey-paks]
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noun, plural hap·ax le·go·me·na [hap-aks li-gom-uh-nuh, hey-paks] /ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm ə nə, ˈheɪ pæks/.
  1. a word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or particular area of literature.
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Origin of hapax legomenon

First recorded in 1880–85, hapax legomenon is from the Greek word hápax legómenon (thing) once said
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British Dictionary definitions for hapax legomenon

hapax legomenon

noun plural hapax legomena (ləˈɡɒmɪnə)
  1. another term for nonce word
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Word Origin

Greek: thing said only once
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Word Origin and History for hapax legomenon

n.

(plural legomena), "word occurring only once," Greek, literally "once said," from hapax "once" + legomenon, neuter passive present participle of legein "to say."

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