noun (hapax legomen, a, sg=hapax legomenon)
- A word occurring only once in a given corpus.
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (term, sc=polytonic, á , , (something) said only once, lang=grc).
- 2000, Steven Pinker, Words and Rules ISBN 0-465-07269-0, page 172
- : There is a lovely technical term for a word that appears once in a body of text: a ' (plural: hapax legomena'''), Greek for "once said." The term comes from philology, the study of old texts.
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