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From Ancient Greek φωνή (phōnḗ, sound) +‎ -on. Modelled after photon.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfoʊ.nɑn/, /ˈfoʊ.nɔn/
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phonon (plural phonons)

  1. (physics) The quantum of acoustic or vibrational energy (sound), considered a discrete particle rather than a wave.
  2. (linguistics) A unit of phonemics.

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