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basilect

[ bey-zuh-lekt, baz-uh- ]
/ ˈbeɪ zəˌlɛkt, ˈbæz ə- /
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noun Linguistics.

the variety of language in a creole continuum that is most distinct from the acrolect.

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Origin of basilect

1960–65; basi- (as combining form of base1 or basis) + (dia)lect

OTHER WORDS FROM basilect

ba·si·lec·tal, adjective
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