- 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
1530–40; < New Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ, equivalent to syn- syn- + aloiph-, aliph- (variant stems of aleíphein to smear) + -ē feminine noun suffix
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