The loss of one of two identical or similar adjacent syllables in a word, as in Latin nūtrīx, “nurse,” from earlier *nūtrītrīx.
The dropping of one of two similar or identical successive syllables or sounds in a word (Ex.: interpretive for interpretative)
Origin of haplology
- Greek haploos single, simple haploid –logy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- haplo- + -logy