aphthong

Aphthong

Aph"thong\ (?; 277), n. [Gr. ? silent; 'a priv. + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to sound.] A letter, or a combination of letters, employed in spelling a word, but in the pronunciation having no sound. -- Aph*thon"gal, a.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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