aphesis definition by Webster's New World
loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word, a form of apheresis (Ex.: squire for esquire)
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek a letting go ; from apo- from plush hienai, to send: see jet
aphesis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. aph·e·ses
The loss of an initial, usually unstressed vowel, as in cute from acute.
Origin: Greek, a release, from aphīenai, aphe-, to let go : apo-, apo- + hīenai, to send; see diesis.
- a·phetˈic adjective
- a·phetˈi·cal·ly adverb