Origin of tmesisLate Latin from Classical Greek tm?sis, a cutting from temnein, to cut: see -tomy
Origin of tmesisLate Latin tmēsis from Greek a cutting from temnein to cut ; see tem- in Indo-European roots.
- (prosody) The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.
- i-stems, misset, smites
Coined 1586, from Late Latin tmēsis, from Ancient Greek τμῆσις (tmēsis, “a cutting”), from τέμνω (temnō, “I cut”).
Cognates include Bulgarian тмезис (tmezis), Dutch tmesis, Finnish tmeesi, French tmèse, German Tmesis, Greek τμήσις (tmísis), Italian tmesi, Polish tmeza, Portuguese tmese, Russian тмезис (tmezis), Serbo-Croatian тмеза and tmeza, Spanish tmesis, and many more others.