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acrophony

[uh-krof-uh-nee]
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noun, plural a·croph·o·nies.
  1. the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd's crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd's crook.
  2. the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word.
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Also acrology.

Origin of acrophony

First recorded in 1880–85; acro- + -phony
Related formsac·ro·phon·ic [ak-ruh-fon-ik] /ˌæk rəˈfɒn ɪk/, ac·ro·pho·net·ic [ak-ruh-fuh-net-ik] /ˌæk rə fəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectiveac·ro·phon·i·cal·ly, ac·ro·pho·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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