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semivowel

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noun semi·vow·el \ˈse-mē-ˌvau̇(-ə)l, ˈse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semivowel

  1. 1 :  a speech sound (as \y\, \w\, or \r\) that has the articulation of a vowel but that is shorter in duration and is treated as a consonant in syllabication

  2. 2 :  a letter representing a semivowel



1530

First Known Use of semivowel

1530


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