I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin syllabicus, from Greek syllabikos, from syllabē syllable Date: 1728 1. constituting a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable: a. not accompanied in the same syllable by a vowel <
a syllabic consonant
b. having vowel quality more prominent than that of another vowel in the syllable <
the first vowel of a falling diphthong, as \ȯ\ in \ȯi\, is syllabic
2. of, relating to, or denoting syllables <
syllabic accent
3. characterized by distinct enunciation or separation of syllables 4. of, relating to, or constituting a type of verse distinguished primarily by count of syllables rather than by rhythmical arrangement of accents or quantities • syllabically adverb II. noun Date: 1880 a syllabic character or sound

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