phenomena

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɪˈnɒmənə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /fɪˈnɑmənə/
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NounEdit

phenomena pl

  1. plural of phenomenon.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, [] ; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, [] —all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.

Usage notesEdit

  • May occasionally be used as a singular. This is generally considered an error. Compare criteria.