holophrastic

[ hol-uh-fras-tik, hoh-luh- ]
/ ˌhɒl əˈfræs tɪk, ˌhoʊ lə- /
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adjective

using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence.
characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic language.

Nearby words

  1. holon,
  2. holophane,
  3. holophote,
  4. holophrase,
  5. holophrasis,
  6. holophyte,
  7. holophytic,
  8. holoplankton,
  9. holopneustic,
  10. holoprosencephaly

Origin of holophrastic

1855–60; holo- + -phrastic; see periphrastic

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British Dictionary definitions for holophrastic

holophrastic

/ (ˌhɒləˈfræstɪk) /

adjective

denoting the stage in a child's acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
(of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic

Word Origin for holophrastic

C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express

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Word Origin and History for holophrastic

holophrastic

adj.

1837, from holo- + Greek phrastikos, from phrazein "to indicate, tell, express" (see phrase (n.)).

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