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A vowel (see the diagram accompanying that entry) produced at a low position in the mouth with the tongue low in the mouth and the jaw lowered, such as the vowels in father and lot, or the first element of the diphthongs in price and mouth, which is the same as the vowel in the German Mann. Also called a low vowel. Compare close vowel, mid vowel.

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