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Jun. 27th 2008 - Hapax Legomenon

hap·ax le·go·me·non [hap-aks li-gom-uh-non, hey-paks]
–noun, plural hap·ax le·go·me·na [hap-aks li-gom-uh-nuh, hey-paks]
a word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or particular area of literature.

[Origin: 1880–85; < Gk hápax legómenon (thing) once said]

hapax legomenon. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hapax legomenon (accessed: June 27, 2008).

Example:
This is the first and only time this word has appeared in this community; it is itself a hapax legomenon. While there are multiple hapax legomena to be found here, many words have been used more than once.
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