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crasis

Line breaks: cra¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˈkreɪsɪs/

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Definition of crasis in English:

noun (plural crases /-siːz/)

Phonetics
A contraction of two adjacent vowels into one long vowel or diphthong, for example the reduction of words in ancient Greek from three syllables to two.

Origin

mid 16th century (as a medical term denoting the blending of physical qualities giving rise to a particular state of health): from Greek krasis 'mixture'.

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