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car'dinal vow'el



Phonet.
1. any one of eight primary, purportedly invariant, sustained vowel sounds that constitute a reference set for describing the vowel inventory of a language.
2. any one of the eight or more supplementary or secondary cardinal vowels.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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