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iotacism

[ ahy-oh-tuh-siz-uhm ]
/ aɪˈoʊ təˌsɪz əm /
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noun

the conversion of other vowel sounds, especially in Modern Greek, into (ē), the sound of iota.

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Origin of iotacism

1650–60; <Late Latin iōtacismus<Greek iōtakismós.See iota, -ac, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for iotacism

iotacism
/ (aɪˈəʊtəˌsɪzəm) /

noun

a tendency of vowels and diphthongs, esp in Modern Greek, to acquire the pronunciation of the vowel iota ()
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