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synaloepha

[sin-l-ee-fuh] /ˌsɪn lˈi fə/
noun
1.
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)
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Origin of synaloepha
1530-1540
1530-40; < New Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ, equivalent to syn- syn- + aloiph-, aliph- (variant stems of aleíphein to smear) + feminine noun suffix
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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

synalepha

/ˌsɪnəˈliːfə/
noun
1.
(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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