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heteroclite

[ het-er-uh-klahyt ]
/ 藞h蓻t 蓹r 蓹藢kla瑟t /
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adjective Also het路er路o路clit路ic [het-er-uh-klit-ik], /藢h蓻t 蓹r 蓹藞kl瑟t 瑟k/, het路er路o路clit路i路cal.
irregular or abnormal; anomalous.
Grammar. irregular in inflection; having inflected forms belonging to more than one class of stems.
noun
a person or thing that deviates from the ordinary rule or form.
Grammar. a heteroclite word.
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Origin of heteroclite

1570鈥80; <Middle French <Late Latin heteroclitus<Greek heter贸klitos, equivalent to hetero-hetero- + -klitos, verbid of kl墨虂nein to bend, inflect
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British Dictionary definitions for heteroclite

heteroclite
/ (藞h蓻t蓹r蓹藢kla瑟t) /

adjective Also: heteroclitic (藢h蓻t蓹r蓹藞kl瑟t瑟k)
(esp of the form of a word) irregular or unusual
noun
an irregularly formed word

Word Origin for heteroclite

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