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1. Relating to an alphabet in which the names of the letters are represented by a word beginning with that letter or with the sound that letter represents, as when bravo, charlie represent the letters b, c.
2. Relating to an alphabet in which the letters derive from pictographs that represent a word beginning with the sound that the letter represents, such as the early alphabet of Canaanites from which the Greek, Roman, and Hebrew alphabets descend.

a·croph′o·ny (ə-krŏf′ə-nē) n.


another word for acrophonetic
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Like the Roman numerals, the acrophonic system is a mixed base 5 and base 10 system, and numbers are written using long strings of the above signs combined into a single additive phrase (e.
While the system did not disappear entirely, it fell out of common use in favour of the acrophonic numerals as Athens' influence waxed and Ionia's waned.
From the Alexandrine period onwards, the alphabetic numerals began to be preferred over the acrophonic numerals throughout most of the Greek-speaking world, with only Athens retaining the acrophonic system until around 50 BC (Threatte 1980:117).