the blending of two successive vowels into one, especially the coalescence of a vowel at the end of one word with a vowel at the beginning of the next.
Also syn·a·le·pha, syn·a·le·phe [sin-l-ee-fee] /ˌsɪn lˈi fi/
Origin of synaloepha
< New Latin
< Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ,
equivalent to syn- syn-
+ aloiph-, aliph-
(variant stems of aleíphein
to smear) + -ē
feminine noun suffix
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of synalepha
Synalepha occurs when the final vowel of the first word is accented.
Synalepha takes place between two contiguous unaccented vowels belonging to separate words.
Synalepha may join into a single syllable two, three, four, and even five vowels.
In the above-mentioned case, the phrase de^oro is usually joined by synalepha.
But synalepha may occur in combinations of vowels in which syneresis would be impossible.
British Dictionary definitions for synalepha
linguistics vowel elision, esp as it arises when one word ends in a vowel and the following word begins with one
Word Origin for synalepha
C16: from Late Latin synaloepha, from Greek sunaliphē, from syn- + aleiphein to melt, smear
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