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  1. the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi.
Compare dittography.

Origin of haplography

First recorded in 1885–90; haplo- + -graphy
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British Dictionary definitions for haplography


noun plural -phies
  1. the accidental writing of only one letter or syllable where there should be two similar letters or syllables, as in spelling endodontics as endontics

Word Origin

C19: from Greek, from haplous single + -graphy
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Word Origin and History for haplography


scribal error of writing only once a letter that should have been written twice; see haplo- + -graphy.

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