Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1880, from aphesis (1880), coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for "gradual and unintentional loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word" (as squire from esquire), from Greek aphienai "to let go, to send forth," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + hienai "to send" (see jet (v.)).
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Aphetic \A*phet"ic\, a. [Gr. ? letting go, fr. ? to let go.]
Shortened by dropping a letter or a syllable from the
beginning of a word; as, an aphetic word or form. --
--New Eng. Dict.
a. 1 (context linguistics English) Of, relating to, or formed by aphesis. 2 (context astrology English) Of or relating to the apheta; life-giving.
Aphetic may refer to:
- Apheresis (linguistics), a term in phonetics
- Aphetic place, a term in astrology
adj. produced by aphesis