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[hap-log-ruh-fee] /hæpˈlɒg rə fi/

the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi.
noun (pl) -phies
the accidental writing of only one letter or syllable where there should be two similar letters or syllables, as in spelling endodontics as endontics

the accidental omission of letters, lines that should be repeated, such as ‘mispell’ instead of ‘misspell’
Word Origin

haplo- ‘single’ + -graphy ‘writing’
Usage Note

antonym is dittography

scribal error of writing only once a letter that should have been written twice; see haplo- + -graphy.


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