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2. Of or relating to the stage of child language development characterized by the use of single-word utterances.
[holo- + Greek phrastikos, expressive (from -phrastos, speakable, thought of, from phrazein, to show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. (Linguistics) denoting the stage in a child's acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
2. (Linguistics) (of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic
[C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express]
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