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catalexis

[kat-l-ek-sis]
noun, plural cat·a·lex·es [kat-lek-seez] /ˌkætˈlɛk siz/. Prosody.
  1. 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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