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.

Nearby words

  1. synaeresis,
  2. synaesthesia,
  3. synagogue,
  4. synalepha,
  5. synalgia,
  6. synapse,
  7. synapsid,
  8. synapsis,
  9. synapte,
  10. synaptic

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) + feminine noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019