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heteroclite

[het-er-uh-klahyt]
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adjective Also het·er·o·clit·ic [het-er-uh-klit-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈklɪt ɪk/, het·er·o·clit·i·cal.
  1. irregular or abnormal; anomalous.
  2. Grammar. irregular in inflection; having inflected forms belonging to more than one class of stems.
noun
  1. a person or thing that deviates from the ordinary rule or form.
  2. Grammar. a heteroclite word.

Origin of heteroclite

1570–80; < Middle French < Late Latin heteroclitus < Greek heteróklitos, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + -klitos, verbid of klī́nein to bend, inflect
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British Dictionary definitions for heteroclite

heteroclite

adjective Also: heteroclitic (ˌhɛtərəˈklɪtɪk)
  1. (esp of the form of a word) irregular or unusual
noun
  1. an irregularly formed word

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin heteroclitus declining irregularly, from Greek heteroklitos, from hetero- + klinein to bend, inflect
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