noun (epenthes, es)
Etymology: From the (term, sc=Grek, , , tr=epí, upon) + (term, sc=Grek, , , tr=en, in) + (term, sc=Grek, , , tr=thésis, placing).
- (linguistics) The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonology, phonological constraints of a language or poetic context.
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