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schwa

noun [C] (also shwa) uk   us   /ʃwɑː/
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
Translations of “schwa”
in Chinese (Traditional) 非重讀央母音,混母音, 音標符號/e/…
in Chinese (Simplified) 非重读央元音,混元音, 音标符号/e/…
(Definition of schwa from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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