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1 Change (a sound in a word) in order to be unlike the sounds near it.‘in “pilgrim,” from Latin “peregrinus,” the first “r” is dissimilated to “l.”’
- ‘If the stem ends in l, the ending -na is dissimilated to -da:’
- ‘In pilgrim, from Latin peregrinus, the first r is dissimilated to l.’
- 1.1[no object] (of a sound) undergo dissimilation.‘the first “r” dissimilates to “l.”’
- ‘In roots with two aspirated stops, the first dissimilates to an unaspirate stop.’
- ‘Robert Blust in this journal in 1996 drew attention to a process in a number of widely separated Oceanic languages in which the first a of an aCa sequence dissimilates to a higher vowel.’
Mid 19th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin similis like, similar on the pattern of assimilate.
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