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rhotacism (n.)

1830, "extensive or particular use of 'r'," from Modern Latin rhotacismus, from Greek rhotakizein, from rho "the letter -r-," from Hebrew or Phoenician roth (see R). Especially excessive use of the "r" sound (the "burr"). Also (1844) of the conversion of another sound, usually "s" to "r" (as in Aeolian Greek, which at the end of words changed -s to -r: hippor for hippos, etc.). Related: Rhotacize; rhotacization.

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