hapax legomenon

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ha·pax le·go·me·non

 (hā′păks′ lĭ-gŏm′ə-nŏn′)
n. pl. ha·pax le·go·me·na (-nə)
A word or form that occurs only once in the recorded corpus of a given language.

[Greek : hapax, once + legomenon, neuter sing. passive participle of legein, to count, say.]

hapax legomenon

(ˈhæpæks ləˈɡɒmɪˌnɒn)
n, pl hapax legomena (ləˈɡɒmɪnə)
(Linguistics) another term for nonce word
[Greek: thing said only once]

hap•ax le•go•me•non

(ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, ˈheɪ pæks)

n., pl. hapax le•go•me•na (lɪˈgɒm ə nə)
a word or phrase that appears only once in a text, the works of an author, or the written record of a language.
[1880–85; < Greek hápax legómenon (thing) once said]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hapax legomenon - a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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Dicho al modo de los linguistas: no solo es un oximoron sino tambien un hapax, un hapax legomenon, <<dicho una sola vez>> (17).
5) Concerning havnim, there is consensus among Cohen, Greenberg and JPS that havnim is a hapax legomenon, referring to ebony.
Beyond its dis legomenon (two appearances) in Inferno 11, and its hapax legomenon (single appearance) in Inferno 12 and 29, the word violenza seems to have exhausted its impact as a word to denote general categories of malice and injustice, since, hereafter in the Commedia, violenza will not appear again until Paradiso, when it takes on a whole new significance.
Furthermore, neither in 3: 28 nor in 5: 6 and 6: 15 shall we find the concept of Israel tou Theou, which otherwise is a hapax legomenon [lit.
Onions's interpretation of alod in line 56 as the adjective 'wasted, dissipated, destroyed' (deriving its meaning from ON afloga 'worn out, useless' and its form from ON afloa 'weatherworn, worn thin') (2) seems to have gained general acceptance, (3) despite the fact that the word thus glossed is a hapax legomenon, (4) and that it entails an awkward ellipsis of the relative pronoun (an "asyndetic relative clause") and "the northern syntax of is":
Of particular note is Statius' matronymic, Atalantiades, (111) a curious hapax legomenon.
Considering that the hapax legomenon of the name of the painter Evanthes occurs in a work of fiction, the likelihood of him being fictitious is perhaps stronger than the will to discover if he is real.
The word "lilitu," translated into "Lilith" in Isaiah 34:14, is a hapax legomenon in the Hebrew Bible (meaning that it appears only once), and its meaning is less than obvious.
The word copta here is a hapax legomenon in Latin, being a transliteration of the Greek word for biscuits and taken from [?
7) Latinite 'Latin', a hapax legomenon, did not pose any competition to the word Latin which replaced OE Laedenisc.
A word that occurs only once in a single text or corpus is known as a hapax legomenon and, contrary to what could be thought because of its low frequency, these words should not be discarded without further consideration.