Definition of hapax legomenon in English:

hapax legomenon

Syllabification: hap·ax le·go·me·non
Pronunciation: /ˈhapaks ləˈgäməˌnän
 
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noun (plural hapax legomena /ləˈgämənə/)

  • A term of which only one instance of use is recorded.
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    • In philology a hapax legomenon is almost always a word and is a problem because a single usage doesn't generally give us enough information to figure out what it means.
    • Moreover, many of the new words will occur only once; these are the so-called hapax legomena.
    • Grattius' diction - which includes numerous technical terms and hapax legomena - and versification are Augustan, but he does not always express himself lucidly.

Origin

mid 17th century: Greek, 'a thing said once', from hapax 'once' and the passive participle of legein 'to say'.

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