triphthong

triphthong

[trif-thawng, -thong, trip-]
noun
1.
Phonetics. a monosyllabic speech-sound sequence perceived as being made up of three differing vowel qualities, as the pronunciation of our, especially in r-dropping dialects.
2.
(not in technical use) a trigraph.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Neo-Latin triphthongus < Medieval Greek tríphthongos with three vowels, equivalent to tri- tri- + phthóngos voice, sound

triphthongal [trif-thawng-guhl, -thong-, trip-] , adjective
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triphthong (ˈtrɪfθɒŋ, ˈtrɪp-)
 
n
1.  a composite vowel sound during the articulation of which the vocal organs move from one position through a second, ending in a third
2.  a trigraph representing a composite vowel sound such as this
 
[C16: via New Latin from Medieval Greek triphthongos, from tri- + phthongos sound; compare diphthong]
 
triph'thongal
 
adj

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