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Dictionary Meaning Of Vowel



A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by
resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case
giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a
sound of speech; -- distinguished from a consonant in that the latter,
whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every
case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a
letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to
Pronunciation, // 5, 146-149.





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