Definition of rhotacization in English:

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rhotacization

Pronunciation: /ˌrōdəsəˈzāSH(ə)n/

noun

Linguistics
1Change of an original s or z to r, as in was and were.
1.1 Phonetics Pronunciation of a vowel to reflect a following r in the orthography, e.g., in farm, bird.

Derivatives

rhotacized

Pronunciation: /ˈrōtəˌsīzd/
adjective

Origin

1970s: from rhotacize (from Greek rhōtakizein) + -ation.

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