1. the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi.
Compare dittography.

Origin of haplography

First recorded in 1885–90; haplo- + -graphy
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British Dictionary definitions for haplography


noun plural -phies
  1. the accidental writing of only one letter or syllable where there should be two similar letters or syllables, as in spelling endodontics as endontics

Word Origin for haplography

C19: from Greek, from haplous single + -graphy
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Word Origin and History for haplography

scribal error of writing only once a letter that should have been written twice; see haplo- + -graphy.

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