Definition of crasis in English:


Line breaks: cra¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˈkreɪsɪs

noun (plural crases /-siːz/)

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.
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  • In some cases analogous to crasis two simple tags best describe a single Greek word.


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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