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Meaning of semivowel

sem•i•vow•el

Pronunciation: (sem'ē-vou"ul), [key]
— n.
  1. a speech sound of vowel quality used as a consonant, as (w) in wet or (y) in yet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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