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Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English, e.g., Midwestern American English, in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard) and at the ends of words (as in far)
- ‘This is a rhotic central vowel.’
- ‘With the exception of the Southern states, eastern New England, and New York City, pronunciation is rhotic, postvocalic /r/ being pronounced in such words as part, four, motor.’
- ‘Both in fact were non-rhotic, while the majority of Americans speak with rhotic accents.’
- ‘Nor, on a quick skim, are the rest of the book's pirates notably rhotic.’
- ‘The syllable that Ben has spelled ‘er’ would be pronounced as an r-colored vowel - a rhotic schwa - which is essentially just a vocalic form of the syllable-final [r] in ‘care’.’
1960s: from Greek rhot-, stem of rho (see rho) + -ic.
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