syllabary

[ sil-uh-ber-ee ]
/ ˈsɪl əˌbɛr i /

noun, plural syl·la·bar·ies.

a list or catalog of syllables.
a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable, used to write a given language: the Japanese syllabary.

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Origin of syllabary

From the New Latin word syllabārium, dating back to 1580–90. See syllable, -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for syllabary

syllabary
/ (ˈsɪləbərɪ) /

noun plural -baries

a table or list of syllables
a set of symbols used in certain writing systems, such as one used for Japanese, in which each symbol represents a spoken syllable

Word Origin for syllabary

C16: from New Latin syllabārium, from Latin syllaba syllable
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