rising diphthong


noun Phonetics.

a diphthong in which the first of two apparent vocalic elements is of lesser stress or sonority than the second, as the (wä) in guava [gwah-vuh] /ˈgwɑ və/.

Origin of rising diphthong

First recorded in 1885–90
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