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One of the variant forms of a single phoneme, such as the voiced non-fricative form of the phoneme /r/ in the word row or the voiceless fricative form of the same phoneme in the word tree. Further examples are the allophones of the phoneme /t/ in tip (aspirated), stay (unaspirated), button (nasalized), and bottle (laterally articulated). See also phone. allophonic adj. [From Greek allos other + phone a sound]

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