rhotic

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adjective rho·tic \ˈrō-tik\

Definition of rhotic

linguistics

  1. 1 of an English accent or dialect :  retaining an /r/ sound before consonants and finally in a word at the end of an utterance In the rhotic accents … /r/ can occur, with an overt phonetic realization, in a wide variety of phonetic contexts, including preconsonantal and absolute-final environments … — J. C. Wells, Accents of English 1, 1982

  2. 2 of a vowel :  influenced in coloring by an adjacent /r/ sound

  3. 3 of a speech sound :  constituting an /r/ :  possessing an /r/-like sound

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First Known Use of rhotic

1968


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