A phonological process, whereby a consonant is lengthened. It may be because of assimilation (ad + simila- = assimila-) or just regular compounding (pen + knife = penknife) or other reasons.

Gem`i*na"tion (?), n. [L. geminatio.]

A doubling; duplication; repetition.

[R.]

Boyle.

 

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