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cardinal vowel

noun, Phonetics.
1.
any one of eight primary, purportedly invariant, sustained vowel sounds that constitute a reference set for describing the vowel inventory of a language.
2.
any one of the eight or more supplementary or secondary cardinal vowels.
Origin of cardinal vowel
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25
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