loss or omission of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.

Origin of apocope

1585–95; < Late Latin < Greek apokopḗ a cutting off, equivalent to apokóp(tein) to cut off (apo- apo- + kóptein to cut) + noun suffix
Related formsap·o·cop·ic [ap-uh-kop-ik] /ˌæp əˈkɒp ɪk/, adjective
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omission of the final sound or sounds of a word

Word Origin for apocope

C16: via Late Latin from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein to cut off
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