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monophthong

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noun mon·oph·thong \ˈmä-nə(f)-ˌthȯŋ\

Definition of monophthong

  1. :  a vowel sound that throughout its duration has a single constant articulatory position

mon·oph·thon·gal play \ˌmä-nə(f)-ˈthȯŋ-(g)əl\ adjective


Origin of monophthong

Late Greek monophthongos single vowel, from Greek mon- + phthongos sound


First Known Use: 1616


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