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  • n. a basic, theoretical unit of sound that can distinguish words by duration only of a vowel or consonant


From Ancient Greek χρόνος (chrónos) + -eme a suffix indicating a fundamental unit in some aspect of linguistic structure, extracted from phoneme, from Ancient Greek φώνημα (phōnēma, "sound"), from φωνέω (phōneō, "to sound"), from φωνή (phōnē, "sound"). (Wiktionary)


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