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English definition of “schwa”

schwa

noun [C] uk (also shwa)   /ʃwɑː/ us  
the weak vowel sound in some syllables that is not emphasized, such as the first syllable of 'about' and the second syllable of 'given', or the ə symbol that represents this sound
(Definition of schwa from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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