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toneme

[toh-neem] /ˈtoʊ nim/
noun
1.
a phoneme consisting of a contrastive feature of tone in a tone language:
Swedish has two tonemes.
Origin of toneme
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; tone + -eme
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British Dictionary definitions for toneme

toneme

/ˈtəʊniːm/
noun
1.
(linguistics) a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone
Derived Forms
tonemic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from tone + -eme
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