polyphone

noun
poly·​phone | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌfōn How to pronounce polyphone (audio) \

Definition of polyphone

: a symbol or sequence of symbols having more than one phonemic value (such as a in English)

First Known Use of polyphone

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyphone was in 1872

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“Polyphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyphone. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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