One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or involving aphaeresis.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From post-classical Latin aphaereticus or its etymon Hellenistic Greek ἀϕαιρετικός fit for taking away (in both linguistic and medical uses) from ancient Greek ἀϕαιρετός to be taken away, separable + -ικός. Compare French aphérétique, German aphäretisch.
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