Figure Name synaloepha
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Isidore 1.35.5-6; Mosellanus ("synaloephe" "Deletio") a3v; Susenbrotus (1540) 22; Sherry (1550) 28 ("synolephe," "delecio"); Peacham (1577) E3r; JG Smith (1665) ("synalaepha"); Holmes (1806) ("synaloepha," "synalaepha")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms synalepha, synaloephe, synolephe, episynaloepha, deletio, delecio, synalaepha
Etymology from Gk. synaleiphein, "to smear or melt together"
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Orthographic

1. Omitting one of two vowels which occur together at the end of one word and the beginning of another. A contraction of neighboring syllables. A kind of metaplasm. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. A mingling together: a figure of Prosodia, whereby two vowels are gathered into one syllable, &c.; Synaloepha, [synaloiphe] Commixtio, a mingling together. It is a gathering of two vowels into one syllable: or a Collision or dashing together of a vowel before another in divers words.(JG Smith)

3. By Synaloepha final vowels give way, That those in front of following words may stay. (Holmes)


1. I'll take one; you take th'other.
When yond same star that's westward from the pole
Had made his course t'illume that part of heaven
—Shakespeare Hamlet 1.1.36-37 (Silva Rhetoricae)

3. Si vis anim' esse beatus, for Si vis animo esse beatus. (Holmes)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of
Related Figures metaplasm,figures of omission, syncope, ecthlipsis
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nayoung Hong
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
Reviewed No