Triphthong

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Triphthong Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Triphthong \Triph"thong\, n. [Pref. tri- + -phthong, as in diphthong: cf. F. triphthonque.] (Ortho["e]py) A combination of three vowel sounds in a single syllable, forming a simple or compound sound; also, a union of three vowel characters, representing together a single sound; a trigraph; as, eye, -ieu in adieu, -eau in beau, are examples of triphthongs.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Triphthong'


In phonetics, a triphthong (from Greek τρίφθογγος, "triphthongos", literally "with three sounds," or "with three tones") is a monosyllabic vowel combination involving a quick but smooth movement of the articulator from one vowel quality to another that passes over a third. While "pure" vowels, or monophthongs, are said to have one target articulator position, diphthongs have two, and triphthongs three.

English in British Received Pronunciation (these can be also analyzed as disyllabic sequences of a diphthong and a monophthong):

Bernese German (a Swiss German dialect):

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