homeoteleuton (palaeography)
Definition - A type of copyist omission error found in ancient texts that is caused by the copyist becoming confused by words that have similar endings.

Example -
A scribe copying a book writes a line that has a particular ending. When he looks back at the source text, he fixes on a later line that has the same ending, thus omitting text.

Etymology -
In Greek the word means "like ending."

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation in this sense is from 1861:
"Or a genuine clause is lost by means of what is technically called HomÅ“oteleuton … when the clause ends in the same word as closed the preceding sentence, and the transcriber's eye has wandered from the one to the other, to the entire omission of the whole passage lying between them."
(Scrivener Crit. N.T. (1883) 9 )



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