falling diphthong

noun

Definition of falling diphthong

: a diphthong (such as \ȯi\ in \ˈnȯiz\ noise) composed of a vowel followed by a less sonorous glide

First Known Use of falling diphthong

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of falling diphthong was in 1884

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“Falling diphthong.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falling%20diphthong. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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