loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word, a form of apheresis (Ex.: squire for esquire)
Origin of aphesisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek a letting go ; from apo- from + hienai, to send: see jet
The loss of an initial, usually unstressed vowel from a word, as in cute from acute.
Origin of aphesisGreek, a release, from aphīenai, aphe-, to let go : apo-, apo- + hīenai, to send; see diesis.
From Ancient Greek ἄφεσις (áphesis, “letting go”), from ἀφίημι (aphíēmi) , from ἀπό (apó, “off”) + ἵημι (híēmi, “send forth”).