What does epenthesis mean?

Definitions for epenthesisəˈpɛn θə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epenthesis(noun)

    the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier

    "the insertion of a vowel in the plural of the word `bush' is epenthesis"


  1. epenthesis(Noun)

    The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonological constraints of a language or poetic context.

  2. Origin: Middle of 16th century: via , from ἐπένθεσις, from ἐπεντίθημι, from ἐπί + ἐντίθημι, from ἐν + τίθημι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epenthesis(noun)

    the insertion of a letter or a sound in the body of a word; as, the b in "nimble" from AS. n/mol

  2. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. ; 'epi` + to put or set in.]


  1. Epenthesis

    In phonology, epenthesis means the addition of one or more sounds to a word, especially to the interior of a word. The word epenthesis comes from epi + en + thesis. Epenthesis may be divided into two types: excrescence, for the addition of a consonant, and anaptyxis for the addition of a vowel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epenthesis

    e-pen′the-sis, n. the insertion of a letter or syllable within a word.—adj. Epenthet′ic. [Gr.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epenthesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epenthesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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