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a•croph•o•ny



Pronunciation: (u-krof'u-nē), [key]
n.,
pl. -nies.

1. the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd's crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd's crook.
2. the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word. Also,acrology.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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