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Synaloepha (from Gk. synaleiphein, “a coalescing,” or “a smearing over, to conceal or destroy the last coat or layer”) is a kind of elisionOpens in new window by which a final vowelOpens in new window or diphthongOpens in new window is omitted or cut off in scanning when the next word begins with a vowel. Thus, terra antiqua is read terr’ antiqua.

  1. I'll take one; you take th'other.
  2. When yond same star that's westward from the pole
    Had made his course t'illume that part of heaven.

    — (Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.1.36-37)

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