tmesis

[tuh-mee-sis]

Origin of tmesis

1580–90; < Late Latin tmēsis < Greek tmḗsis a cutting, equivalent to tmē- (variant stem of témnein to cut) + -sis -sis
Related formstmet·ic [tuh-met-ik] /təˈmɛt ɪk/, adjective
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tmesis

noun
  1. interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word

Word Origin for tmesis

C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut
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Word Origin and History for tmesis

1570s, from Greek tmesis "a cutting," related to temnein "to cut," tome "a cutting" (see tome). The separation of the elements of a compound word by the interposition of another word or words (e.g. a whole nother).

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