Definition of holophrasis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

holophrasis

noun
ˌhɒləˈfreɪsɪs
 
; həˈlɑːfrəsɪs
 
[uncountable] (linguistics)
 
the expression of a whole idea in a single word, for example a baby saying ‘up’ for ‘I want you to pick me up’
holophrastic
ˌhɒləˈfræstɪk
 
; ˌhɑːləˈfræstɪk
 
; ˌhoʊləˈfræstɪk
 
adjective
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