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trigraph

[ trahy-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈtraɪ græf, -grɑf /
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noun

a group of three letters representing a single speech sound, as eau in beau.

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Origin of trigraph

First recorded in 1830–40; tri- + -graph
tri·graph·ic [trahy-graf-ik], /traɪˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trigraph

trigraph
/ (ˈtraɪˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

noun

a combination of three letters used to represent a single speech sound or phoneme, such as eau in French beau
trigraphic (traɪˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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