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Any of the phonemes of a tone language by which tone conveys differences in lexical meaning.
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(Linguistics) linguistics a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone
[C20: from tone + -eme]
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a phoneme in a tone language in which the contrastive feature is tone.
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