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cheville

[shuh-vee]
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noun Prosody.
  1. a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.Compare expletive(def 2).
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Origin of cheville

1880–85; < French: plug, peg < Latin clāvicula tendril. See clavicle
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