[ voh-kal-ik ]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a vowel.

  2. consisting of, characterized by, or containing vowels.

Origin of vocalic

First recorded in 1805–15; vocal + -ic

Other words from vocalic

  • non·vo·cal·ic, adjective

Words Nearby vocalic

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How to use vocalic in a sentence

  • A subsidiary but by no means unimportant grammatical process is that of internal vocalic or consonantal change.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • In Hebrew, as we have seen, vocalic change is of even greater significance than in English.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • In another Indian language, Yokuts, vocalic modifications affect both noun and verb forms.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • Consonantal change as a functional process is probably far less common than vocalic modifications, but it is not exactly rare.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • There is no trace of such vocalic mutation (“umlaut”) in Gothic, our most archaic Germanic language.

    Language | Edward Sapir

British Dictionary definitions for vocalic


/ (vəʊˈkælɪk) /

  1. phonetics of, relating to, or containing a vowel or vowels

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