allograph

allograph

[al-uh-graf, -grahf]
noun
1.
Linguistics. a variant form of a grapheme that is in complementary distribution or free variation with another form of the same grapheme, as t and T or n in run and nn in runner; an orthographic contextual variant. Compare grapheme.
2.
writing or a signature inscribed by one person for another, as distinguished from autograph.
3.
a deed or other legal document not in the writing of any of the persons who are party to it.

Origin:
1950–55; allo- + -graph, on the model of allophone

allographic [al-uh-graf-ik] , adjective

allograph, allograft.
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allograph (ˈæləˌɡrɑːf)
 
n
1.  a document written by a person who is not a party to it
2.  Compare autograph a signature made by one person on behalf of another
3.  linguistics any of the written symbols that constitute a single grapheme: m and M are allographs in the Roman alphabet
 
allographic
 
adj

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