Definition of metaleptic in English:

metaleptic

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəˈlɛptɪk/

adjective

Rhetoric
  • Relating to or of the nature of the figure of metalepsis.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From Hellenistic Greek μεταληπτικός capable of partaking, involving the rhetorical figure of metalepsis from -μετα- + -ληπτικός, after μεταλαμβάνειν to substitute.