elison definition

  • noun:
    • Division; split.
    • The cutting-off or suppression of a vowel or syllable, in the interests of meter or euphony; esp., in poetry, the dropping of one last vowel standing before a preliminary vowel in following word, whenever two words are attracted collectively.
    • Division; split.
    • The cutting off or suppression of a vowel or syllable, with regard to meter or euphony; esp., in poetry, the dropping of a final vowel standing before a short vowel inside following word, if the two terms tend to be drawn collectively.

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