lambdacism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lambdacism speech defect involving excessive use or unusual pronunciation of the phoneme `l'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lambdacism A defect in pronunciation of the letter l when doubled, which consists in giving it a sound as if followed by y, similar to that of the letters lli in billion.
    • Lambdacism A fault in speaking or in composition, which consists in too frequent use of the letter l, or in doubling it erroneously.
    • Lambdacism The use of the sound of l for that of r in pronunciation; lallation; as, Amelican for American.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lambdacism A too frequent use of words containing the letter l in speaking or writing. A Latin example appears in the following:
    • n lambdacism An imperfect pronunciation of the letter r, making it sound like l; lallation. The defect is common among children, and also among the Chinese in speaking foreign languages, from the absence of the sound of r as an initial in their native tongue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lambdacism a too frequent use of words containing l: a defective pronunciation of r, making it like l
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lambdacismus, Gr. , fr. la`mbda the letter lambda (Λ)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—Heb. lamedh.