Definition of holophrasis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

holophrasis

 noun
noun
NAmE//həˈlɑfrəsəs//
 
[uncountable](linguistics)
 
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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
 
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NAmE//ˌhɑləˈfræstɪk//
 
, NAmE//ˌhoʊləˈfræstɪk//
 
adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: holophrasis