allograph

noun
al·​lo·​graph | \ ˈa-lə-ˌgraf How to pronounce allograph (audio) \

Definition of allograph

1 : a letter of an alphabet in a particular shape (such as A or a)
2 : a letter or combination of letters that is one of several ways of representing one phoneme (such as pp in hopping representing the phoneme \p\)

Other Words from allograph

allographic \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce allographic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of allograph

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allograph

allo- + -graph, (in grapheme), on the model of allomorph : morpheme, allophone : phoneme

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“Allograph.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allograph. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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