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1The second vowel of a diphthong.
2The vowel by which the subjunctive is distinguished from the indicative.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nugent (c1700–1772), writer and traveller. After post-classical Latin vocalis subiunctiva, Hellenistic Greek ϕωνῆεν ὑποτακτικόν.
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