ecthlipsis  ecthlipsis
 ekth-lip'-sis from Gk. ek, "out" and thlibein, "to rub"

The omission or elision of letters or syllables (often the consonant "m" and the vowel that precedes it) for the sake of poetical meter. A kind of metaplasm specific to Latin.

The second line illustrates the omission of letters from words via ecthlipsis to accommodate the poetical meter of the second line:
Multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
Mult'ill'et terris iactatus et alto

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See Also
  General Rhetorical Strategies: Omission
  Sources: Quintilian 9.4.36; Mosellanus ("ecthlipsis" "elisio") a4r; Peacham (1577) E3r

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