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[sin-l-ee-fuh] /ˌsɪn lˈi fə/
the blending of two successive vowels into one, especially the coalescence of a vowel at the end of one word with a vowel at the beginning of the next.
Also, synalepha, synalephe
[sin-l-ee-fee] /ˌsɪn lˈi fi/ (Show IPA)
Origin of synaloepha
1530-40; < New Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ, equivalent to syn- syn- + aloiph-, aliph- (variant stems of aleíphein to smear) + feminine noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for synalepha
Historical Examples
  • synalepha occurs when the final vowel of the first word is accented.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • synalepha may join into a single syllable two, three, four, and even five vowels.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • synalepha takes place between two contiguous unaccented vowels belonging to separate words.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • In the above-mentioned case, the phrase de^oro is usually joined by synalepha.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • But synalepha may occur in combinations of vowels in which syneresis would be impossible.

British Dictionary definitions for synalepha


(linguistics) vowel elision, esp as it arises when one word ends in a vowel and the following word begins with one
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin synaloepha, from Greek sunaliphē, from syn- + aleiphein to melt, smear
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