The blending into one syllable of two successive vowels of adjacent words, especially to fit a poetic meter; for example, th' elite for the elite.
Origin of synalephaNew Latin, from Greek sunaloiphē, from sunaleiphein, to coalesce, unite two syllables : sun-, syn- + aleiphein, to smear; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of synaloepha
the contraction into one syllable of two adjacent vowels, usually by elision (Ex.: th' eagle for the eagle)
Origin of synaloephaClassical Latin synaloepha ; from Classical Greek synaloiphē, literally , a melting together ; from syn-, together + aleiphein, to smear, anoint, akin to lipos, fat: see lipo-