Definition of nonsyllabic
: not constituting a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable: a of a consonant : accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel \n\ is syllabic in \ˈbätənē\ botany, nonsyllabic in \ˈbätnē\ b of a vowel : having vowel quality less prominent than that of another vowel in the syllable the second vowel of a falling diphthong, as \i\ in \ȯi\, is nonsyllabic
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