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  • Hyphenation: pho‧neme

Etymology

Ancient Greek φώνημα (phōnēma), sound), from φωνέω (phōneō), to sound), from φωνή (phōnē), sound).

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phoneme

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  1. (linguistics) An indivisible unit of sound in a given language. A phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones.

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