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semivowel

  

      n     (Phonetics)  
1    a vowel-like sound that acts like a consonant, in that it serves the same function in a syllable carrying the same amount of prominence as a consonant relative to a true vowel, the nucleus of the syllable, In English and many other languages the chief semivowels are (w) in well and (j), represented as y, in yell  
2    a frictionless continuant classified as one of the liquids; (l) or (r),   (Also called)    glide  
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semivocal, Seminole, semi, semibold

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