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definition of the word wine-whine_merger

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Singular
wine-whine merger

Plural
wine-whine mergers

wine-whine merger (plural wine-whine mergers)

  1. (phonology) A merger in which [ʍ] (the sound heard at the beginning of the word whine in a Scottish accent) becomes [w] (the sound heard at the beginning of the word wine); in accents where this merger occurs, whine and wine are homophones.

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