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syn·a·le·phaalso syn·a·loe·pha (sĭn′ə-lē′fə)
The blending into one syllable of two successive vowels of adjacent words, especially to fit a poetic meter; for example, th' elite for the elite.
or syn•a•le•pha(ˌsɪn lˈi fə)
the blending of two successive vowels into one, esp. the coalescence of a vowel at the end of one word with a vowel at the beginning of the next.
[1530–40; < New Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, n. derivative of synaleíphein to coalesce]
the contraction of two adjacent vowels into one syllable, as by elision.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices