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diaphone

[dahy-uh-fohn] /ˈdaɪ əˌfoʊn/
noun
1.
a foghorn producing a low-pitched, penetrating signal of two tones.
2.
Phonetics.
  1. a phoneme in one dialect corresponding to a similar but phonetically different phoneme in a related dialect.
  2. a group of sounds comprising all the phonetically different dialectal variants of a given phoneme in a language:
    The broad a and flat a of “half” are members of a single diaphone.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; dia- + -phone
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British Dictionary definitions for diaphone

diaphone

/ˈdaɪəˌfəʊn/
noun
1.
  1. the set of all realizations of a given phoneme in a language
  2. one of any number of corresponding sounds in different dialects of a language
2.
a foghorn that emits a two-toned signal
Word Origin
C20: from dia(lect) + phone²
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