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anlaut

[ ahn-lout ]
/ ˈɑnˌlaʊt /
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noun, plural an·lau·te [ahn-lou-tuh], /ˈɑnˌlaʊ tə/, an·lauts.Linguistics.
initial position in a word, especially as a conditioning environment in sound change.
a sound in this position.
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Origin of anlaut

1880–85; <German, equivalent to an-on + Laut sound, as noun derivative of anlauten to begin (with a given sound)
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