schwa Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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schwanoun [C]

(also shwa) uk   us   /ʃwɑː/
the ​weakvowelsound 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “schwa”
in Chinese (Simplified) 非重读央元音,混元音, 音标符号/e/…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非重讀央母音,混母音, 音標符號/e/…
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