holophrase

[hol-uh-freyz, hoh-luh-]

noun

a word functioning as a phrase or sentence, as the imperative Go!

Origin of holophrase

First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + phrase

holophrasis

[huh-lof-ruh-sis]

noun, plural ho·loph·ra·ses [huh-lof-ruh-seez] /həˈlɒf rəˌsiz/.

the expression of the ideas of a phrase or sentence in one word; polysynthesis: a language characterized by holophrasis.

Origin of holophrasis

1865–70; holo- + Greek phrásis; see phrase
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