[ hap-aks li-gom-uh-non, hey-paks ]
/ ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, ˈheɪ pæks /
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noun, plural hap·ax le·go·me·na [hap-aks li-gom-uh-nuh, hey-paks]. /ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm ə nə, ˈheɪ pæks/.
a word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or particular area of literature.
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Origin of hapax legomenon
First recorded in 1880–85, hapax legomenon is from Greek hápax legómenon “(thing) once said”
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Example sentences from the Web for hapax legomenon
It is the commonest word in the lexicon, yet it always reads as a hapax legomenon.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for hapax legomenon
/ (ˈhæpæks ləˈɡɒmɪˌnɒn) /
noun plural hapax legomena (ləˈɡɒmɪnə)
another term for nonce word
Word Origin for hapax legomenon
Greek: thing said only once
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