allophone


al·lo·phone

noun \ˈa-lə-ˌfōn\

Definition of ALLOPHONE

:  one of two or more variants of the same phoneme <the aspirated \p\ of pin and the unaspirated \p\ of spin are allophones of the phoneme \p\>
al·lo·phon·ic \ˌa-lə-ˈfä-nik\ adjective

Origin of ALLOPHONE

allo- + phone
First Known Use: 1938

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