synaloepha

[ sin-l-ee-fuh ]
/ ˌsɪn lˈi fə /

noun

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.

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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
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