a) The aphetized form of a word, i.e. a word which has dropped its initial vowel or syllable. For example, see squire.
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  • Aphetism — Aph e*tism, n. An aphetized form of a word. New Eng. Dict. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aphetism — (ˈæfɪtɪz(ə)m) [n. of result f. next: cf. Latinism.] An aphetized form of a word; a form, such as squire, limn, peach, resulting from the loss of the weak initial vowel …   Useful english dictionary

  • aphesis — noun /ˈæfəsɪs/ The loss of the initial unstressed vowel of a word. The word leet is derived from elite by aphesis. Ant: prothesis See Also: aphetic …   Wiktionary

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