assibilate

verb as·sib·i·late \əˈsibəˌlāt, aˈ-, usually -āt + V\

Definition of assibilate

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to introduce a sibilant sound after or less often before z was an assibilated d in primitive Greek—either \dz\ or \zd\

  3. 2 :  to convert to or replace by a sibilant sound or a sound of which a sibilant is one constituent (as when the pronunciation \ˈindyən\ for Indian becomes \ˈinjən\; \j\ = \d\ + \zh\)

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to change by introducing a sibilant sound (noninitial) Indo-European ti (unless preceded by s) assibilates (through palatalization) to si — G. U. Bonfante

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Origin and Etymology of assibilate

ad- + sibilate


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