• Antepenultime

    Pronunciation

    • RP enPR: ăn'tāpĭnûlʹtēm, IPA: en, /ˌænteɪpɪˈnʌltiːm/

    Origin

    First attested in 1860; from the Latin antepaenultima ("antepenult"), a feminine substantive of antepaenultimus ("antepenultimate").

    Noun

    noun

    1. = antepenult, antepenultima
      • 1860, I.J.G. Scheller aut. and George Walker tr., A Copious Latin Grammar (1825), in: Leonhard Tafel and Rudolph L. Tafel, Latin Pronunciation and the Latin Alphabet,
    page 142
      • In polysyllables the penultime is accented if the syllable be long, but in all other cases the accent is laid upon the antepenultime
    .
      • 2008, Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States, Annals XXI:xlix–l,
    page 104
      • In surnames from words extended with diminutive suffixes…where the stress is always on the antepenultime.
    1. (rare) antepenultimate position.
      • 1986, Stephen Wurm ed., Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics II,
    page 114
      • In antepenultime the non-neutral vowels /a/, /i/, /u/ alternate with the neutral shorter /ə/, and the neutral vowel in antepenultime and penultime alternates with zero.
    1. (rare) Any thing occurring as the antepenultimate item in a series.
      • 2004, Sociobiology XLIV:i,
    page 328
      • Mandibles with 4 teeth decreasing in size from the apical teeth, the antepenultime (subbasal) smallest.
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