|1.||phonetics a voiced speech sound whose articulation is characterized by the absence of friction-causing obstruction in the vocal tract, allowing the breath stream free passage. The timbre of a vowel is chiefly determined by the position of the tongue and the lips|
|2.||a letter or character representing a vowel|
|[C14: from Old French vouel, from Latin vocālis littera a vowel, from vocālis sonorous, from vox a voice]|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
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