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rising diphthong

noun, Phonetics
1.
a diphthong in which the first of two apparent vocalic elements is of lesser stress or sonority than the second, as the (wä) in guava
[gwah-vuh] /ˈgwɑ və/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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