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[voh-kal-ik] /voʊˈkæl ɪk/
of, relating to, or resembling a vowel.
consisting of, characterized by, or containing vowels.
Origin of vocalic
First recorded in 1805-15; vocal + -ic
Related forms
nonvocalic, adjective Unabridged
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  • In Goidelic, we find two mutations, the vocalic and the nasal.

  • All these factors were equally true of the German vocalic shift.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Later on, in the fifteenth century, vocalic alliteration in general falls into disuse more and more.

  • It is better to take a as a vocalic abstract prefix and to consider kad as the root.

    Sumerian Hymns Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh
  • The peculiar rhythm of the original, with the alliterations and vocalic concords, give it remarkable smoothness and force.

  • In Hebrew, as we have seen, vocalic change is of even greater significance than in English.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • In another Indian language, Yokuts, vocalic modifications affect both noun and verb forms.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Consonantal change as a functional process is probably far less common than vocalic modifications, but it is not exactly rare.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Only later in the history of the language was the vocalic alternation made significant for number.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • All the Germanic languages were familiar with vocalic change as possessed of functional significance.

    Language Edward Sapir
British Dictionary definitions for vocalic


(phonetics) of, relating to, or containing a vowel or vowels
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