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shwa

[shwah] /ʃwɑ/
noun
1.

schwa

or shwa

[shwah] /ʃwɑ/
noun, Phonetics
1.
the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, however spelled, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in easily, o in gallop, u in circus.
2.
the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.
Origin of schwa
1890-1895
1890-95; < German < Hebrew shəwā, name of a diacritic marking schwa or no vowel
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British Dictionary definitions for shwas

schwa

/ʃwɑː/
noun
1.
a central vowel represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by (ə). The sound occurs in unstressed syllables in English, as in around, mother, and sofa
2.
the symbol (ə) used to represent this sound
Word Origin
C19: via German from Hebrew shewā, a diacritic indicating lack of a vowel sound

shwa

/ʃwɑː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of schwa
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Word Origin and History for shwas

schwa

n.

1895, from German Schwa, ultimately from Hebrew shewa "a neutral vowel quality," literally "emptiness."

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