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semi- +‎ vowel

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semivowel (plural semivowels)

  1. (phonetics) A sound in speech which has some qualities of a consonant and some qualities of a vowel.
    Synonyms: glide, semiconsonant
  2. A letter which represents a semivowel sound, such as w or y in English.

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