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al•lit•er•a•tion /əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]

    Poetryrepetition of the same initial sound or sounds of two or more word groups, as in from stem to stern.
al•lit•er•a•tive/əˈlɪtəˌreɪtɪv, -ərətɪv/USA pronunciationadj. See -lit-.

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alliteration /əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃən/ n
  1. the use of the same consonant (consonantal alliteration) or of a vowel, not necessarily the same vowel (vocalic alliteration), at the beginning of each word or each stressed syllable in a line of verse, as in around the rock the ragged rascal ran
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin alliterātiō (from Latin al- (see ad-) + litera letter), on the model of obliterātiō obliteration

alˈliterative adj

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