penultima

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pe·nult

 (pē′nŭlt′, pĭ-nŭlt′) also pe·nul·ti·ma (pĭ-nŭl′tə-mə)
n.
1. The next to the last item in a series.
2. The next to the last syllable in a word.

[Short for penultima, from Latin paenultima, feminine of paenultimus, next to last : paene, almost + ultimus, last; see ultimate.]

pe•nult

(ˈpi nʌlt, pɪˈnʌlt)

n.
the next to the last syllable in a word.
[1530–40; < Latin paenultima (syllaba), contraction of paene ultima almost the last]
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Noun1.penultima - the next to last syllable in a word
syllable - a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme; "the word `pocket' has two syllables"