isogloss

[ ahy-suh-glos, -glaws ]
/ ˈaɪ səˌglɒs, -ˌglɔs /

noun

(in the study of the geographical distribution of dialects) a line on a map marking the limits of an area within which a feature of speech occurs, as the use of a particular word or pronunciation.

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Origin of isogloss

<German (1892); see iso-, gloss2

OTHER WORDS FROM isogloss

i·so·glos·sal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for isogloss

isogloss
/ (ˈaɪsəʊˌɡlɒs) /

noun

a line drawn on a map around the area in which a linguistic feature is to be found, such as a particular pronunciation of a given word

Derived forms of isogloss

isoglossal or isoglottic, adjective
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