Aphesis



the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.
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aphesis is the loss of the unaccented first syllable, as in ‘baccy and ‘later.
The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley

This English tendency to aphesis is satirised in a French song of the 14th century, intentionally written in bad French.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley

But confusion with the article is not necessary in order to bring about aphesis.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley

noun
the gradual disappearance of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word, as in squire from esquire

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