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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preceding a vowel.
  • adj. Of or relating to a form of a linguistic element, such as a suffix, prefix, or word, that occurs only before a vowel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Immediately preceding a vowel or vowel sound


pre- +‎ vocalic (Wiktionary)


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  • Before a vowel; of or pertaining to the position before a vowel.

    The "prevocalic R," for example, is when people add an "r" between words that end and begin with vowels. In this usage, "Lisa and me" becomes "Lisar and me," or "Lisa rand me."

    Which drives me bonkers, but there you have it.

    February 5, 2007