allofam

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Etymology[edit]

allo- +‎ fam, the latter the abbreviation of family.

Noun[edit]

allofam (plural allofams)

  1. (usually in Sino-Tibetan linguistics) a linguistic form (attested or reconstructed word) which belongs to a particular word family. For example, Proto-Sino-Tibetan *r-na would be the allofam from *r/g-na which gave rise to Tibetan rna ("ear").

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