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  • adj. In linguistics, particularly Indo-European Studies, signifying a stem which alternates between more than one form when declined for grammatical case. Examples of heteroclitic noun stems in Proto-Indo-European include *wod-r/n- "water" (nominoaccusative *wódr; genitive *udnés; locative *udén) and *yékw-r/n- "liver" (nominoaccusative *yékwr, genitive *ikwnés). In Proto-Indo-European, heteroclitic stems tend to be noun stems with grammatically inanimate gender.
  • n. A heteroclitic noun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deviating from ordinary forms or rules; irregular; anomalous; abnormal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as heteroclite.

Etymologies

hetero- +‎ clitic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus, the heteroclitic verb car-tanaiy (present stem kunau, past stem kar- or car) had the past participle kr̥-ta-, which yields New Persian kard-an (present stem -kon-, past stem kard-).

    Minoan inscription HT 104

  • First, the genitive should be *udnós because it's a heteroclitic inanimate.

    Rethinking the reduplicated perfect in Indo-European

  • Maybe you'll understand better my point of view when I talk about the origin of heteroclitic stems in Mid IE, word-final denasalization and QAR :

    I tripped over Pre-IE the other day

  • It would be heteroclitic, to place the brains of Brother Jonathan in the South.

    An Apology for African Methodism

  • Even Jaan Puhvel in Hittite Etymological Dictionary, vol.6 as of 2004 notes the immense problems under the heading milit(t)-:The precise accordance between Hittite and (already Mycenaean) Greek [...], and cognates elsewhere [...], are at serious variance with the heteroclitic postulation *meli-t/mel-nes (e.g.

    Missing honey

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