partial diphthong

noun

Definition of partial diphthong

: a speech sound whose articulation resembles that of an ordinary diphthong in being a transition between two vowel positions but which differs in having a held beginning or ending

called also imperfect diphthong

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“Partial diphthong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partial%20diphthong. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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