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polyphone

[ pol-ee-fohn ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌfoʊn /
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noun Phonetics.

a polyphonic letter or symbol.

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Origin of polyphone

From the Greek word polýphōnos, dating back to 1645–55. See poly-, -phone
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British Dictionary definitions for polyphone

polyphone
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌfəʊn) /

noun

a letter or character having more than one phonetic value, such as English c, pronounced (k) before a, o, or u or (s) before e or i
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