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 Gr, 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”).