rhotacism

noun
rho·​ta·​cism | \ ˈrō-tə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce rhotacism (audio) \

Definition of rhotacism

1 : a defective pronunciation of r especially : substitution of some other sound for that of r
2 linguistics : the historical change of a voiced consonant sound (such as the alveolar consonants \z\, \d\, \l\ or \n\) to an r-like consonant

First Known Use of rhotacism

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for rhotacism

borrowed from German Rhotacismus, from Middle Greek rhōtakízein "to use the letter ρ or the sound r excessively or incorrectly" + German -ismus -ism — more at rhotacize

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“Rhotacism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhotacism. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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rhotacism

noun
rho·​ta·​cism | \ ˈrōt-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce rhotacism (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhotacism

: a defective pronunciation of r especially : substitution of some other sound for that of r

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