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acrophony

[uh-krof-uh-nee] /əˈkrɒf ə ni/
noun, plural acrophonies.
1.
the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd's crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd's crook.
2.
the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word.
Also, acrology.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; acro- + -phony
Related forms
acrophonic
[ak-ruh-fon-ik] /ˌæk rəˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
acrophonetic
[ak-ruh-fuh-net-ik] /ˌæk rə fəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
acrophonically, acrophonetically, adverb
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