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adjective Also het·er·o·clit·ic [het-er-uh-klit-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈklɪt ɪk/, het·er·o·clit·i·cal.
  1. irregular or abnormal; anomalous.
  2. Grammar. irregular in inflection; having inflected forms belonging to more than one class of stems.
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  1. a person or thing that deviates from the ordinary rule or form.
  2. Grammar. a heteroclite word.
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Origin of heteroclite

1570–80; < Middle French < Late Latin heteroclitus < Greek heteróklitos, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + -klitos, verbid of klī́nein to bend, inflect
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Related Words for heteroclite

anomalous, unnatural, abnormal, strange, odd, peculiar, divergent, unusual, unexpected, irregular, exceptional, atypical, uncommon, extraordinary, weird, aberrant, bizarre, incongruous, straying, bent

British Dictionary definitions for heteroclite


adjective Also: heteroclitic (ˌhɛtərəˈklɪtɪk)
  1. (esp of the form of a word) irregular or unusual
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  1. an irregularly formed word
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Word Origin for heteroclite

C16: from Late Latin heteroclitus declining irregularly, from Greek heteroklitos, from hetero- + klinein to bend, inflect
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