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.
the use of a word as the name of the alphabetic symbol representing the initial sound of that word.
- Also acrology.
- ac·ro·phon·ic [ak-ruh-fon-ik], /ˌæk rəˈfɒn ɪk/, ac·ro·pho·net·ic [ak-ruh-fuh-net-ik], /ˌæk rə fəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
- ac·ro·phon·i·cal·ly, ac·ro·pho·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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