cheville

[ shuh-vee ]
/ ʃəˈvi /

noun Prosody.

a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.

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Origin of cheville

First recorded in 1880–85; from French: literally, “ankle, dowel, peg, plug,” the last sense giving rise to the English meaning of a filler word or phrase in a sentence or line of verse, from Latin clāvicula “key, tendril, pivot”; see clavicle
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