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phoneme (n.)

"distinctive sound or group of sounds," 1889, from French phonème, from Greek phōnēma "a sound made, voice," from phōnein "to sound or speak," from phōnē "sound, voice" (from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say"). Related: Phonematic.

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Definitions of phoneme from WordNet

phoneme (n.)
(linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language;
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