Meaning of synaeresis

syn•aer•e•sis

Pronunciation: (si-ner'u-sis), [key]
— n. Phonet.
  1. the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one, esp. the contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong.
  2. synizesis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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