hypercatalexis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in the late 1880s as a back-formation from hypercatalectic, from Latin hypercatalēcticus, from Ancient Greek ὑπερκαταληκτικός (huperkatalēktikós), from ὑπερ- (huper-, over) + καταληκτικός (katalēktikós, incomplete)

Noun[edit]

hypercatalexis (uncountable)

  1. (poetry) The addition of one or two syllables to the last foot of a verse

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