antepenultimate


adjective

  1. third from the end.
  2. of or relating to an antepenult.

noun

  1. an antepenult.

adjective

  1. third from last

noun

  1. anything that is third from last
adj.

“the last but two,” 1730, from antepenult (n.), 1610s, abbreviation of Latin antepaenultima (syllaba), fem. of antepaenultimus, from ante “before” (see ante) + paenultima, from paen “almost” + ultima “last” (see ultimate).

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