apocope

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apocope abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds "the British get `pud' from `pudding' by apocope"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apocope (Med) A cutting off; abscission.
    • Apocope The cutting off, or omission, of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apocope In grammar, the cutting off or omission of the last letter or syllable of a word, as in th' for the, i' for in.
    • n apocope In surgery, a wound with loss of substance; ablation; amputation.
    • n apocope [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of plec-tospondylous fishes, of the family Cyprinidæ. It contains several species of western North America, such as A. couesi. E. D. Cope, 1871.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Apocope (a-pok′op-ē) n. the cutting off of the last letter or syllable of a word
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. a cutting off, fr. to cut off; from + to cut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. apo, off, koptein, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

Does not the final 'y' of 'tawny' suppose an apostrophe and apocope?
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
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