holophrasis [huh-lof-ruh-sis] Word Origin noun, plural ho·loph·ra·ses [huh-lof-ruh-seez] /həˈlɒf rəˌsiz/.

  1. the expression of the ideas of a phrase or sentence in one word; polysynthesis: a language characterized by holophrasis.

Origin of holophrasis 1865–70; holo- + Greek phrásis; see phrase

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