semivowel


semi·vow·el

noun \ˈse-mē-ˌva(-ə)l, ˈse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of SEMIVOWEL

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
:  a letter representing a semivowel

First Known Use of SEMIVOWEL

1530

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