semivowel

Definitions of semivowel
  1. noun
    a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
    synonyms: glide
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    types:
    palatal
    a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
    type of:
    phone, sound, speech sound
    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
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