diaphone

[ dahy-uh-fohn ]
/ ˈdaɪ əˌfoʊn /
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noun

a foghorn producing a low-pitched, penetrating signal of two tones.
Phonetics.
  1. a phoneme in one dialect corresponding to a similar but phonetically different phoneme in a related dialect.
  2. a group of sounds comprising all the phonetically different dialectal variants of a given phoneme in a language: The broad a and flat a of “half” are members of a single diaphone.

Nearby words

  1. diaphanometer,
  2. diaphanoscope,
  3. diaphanoscopy,
  4. diaphanous,
  5. diaphemetric,
  6. diaphony,
  7. diaphorase,
  8. diaphoresis,
  9. diaphoretic,
  10. diaphototropism

Origin of diaphone

First recorded in 1905–10; dia- + -phone

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British Dictionary definitions for diaphone

diaphone

/ (ˈdaɪəˌfəʊn) /

noun

  1. the set of all realizations of a given phoneme in a language
  2. one of any number of corresponding sounds in different dialects of a language
a foghorn that emits a two-toned signal

Word Origin for diaphone

C20: from dia (lect) + phone ²

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