Is there a word for a string of more than two vowels which are pronounced together?
#43101. Asked by DogRL. (Jan 07 04 10:41 PM)
A three-vowel combination is called a triphthong. The analogical word for a greater number of vowels would be polyphthong, but this word isn't in the OED. Probably you don't often get more than three vowels combined in this way.
Jan 08 04, 2:05 AM
A triphthong is where there are three separate vowel sounds: it doesn't necessarily relate to how the word is written. For example, power has a triphthong in the middle (ah-oo-uh), although the letter w is not normally considered to be a vowel.
Jan 08 04, 3:10 AM
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