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cardinal vowelnoun [C]

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one of the ​vowels in the ​system for ​describingvowels to which other ​vowels can be ​compared and referred
(Definition of cardinal vowel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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