Rho"ta*cism (?), n. [Gr. "rwtaki`zein to use the letter r (ρ) overmuch: cf. F. rhotacisme.]

An oversounding, or a misuse, of the letter r; specifically Phylol., the tendency, exhibited in the Indo-European languages, to change s to r, as wese to were.


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