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catalexis

[ kat-l-ek-sis ]
/ ˌkæt lˈɛk sɪs /
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noun, plural cat·a·lex·es [kat-lek-seez]. /ˌkætˈlɛk siz/. Prosody.
the absence of a syllable at the beginning or end of a line of metrical verse resulting in an incomplete foot, most often occurring in the last foot at the end of a verse; a catalectic line.
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Origin of catalexis

1820–30; <Greek katálēxis ending, final syllable; see catalectic, -sis
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