toneme

[toh-neem]

Origin of toneme

First recorded in 1920–25; tone + -eme
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British Dictionary definitions for toneme

toneme

noun
  1. linguistics a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone
Derived Formstonemic, adjective

Word Origin for toneme

C20: from tone + -eme
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